29 March 2019

SPRINGIELD, MASS. (March 7, 2019) – This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, MGM Springfield will bring the community together for “Be Brave & Shave,” a head-shaving event to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s fight for childhood cancer research.

Open to the public, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, MGM Springfield employees and guests can volunteer to have their heads shaved by The Salon at MGM Springfield staff in the historic Armory to raise money for this worthy cause. Conducted as an expression of courage and endearment, the act of head-shaving allows volunteers to stand in solidarity with children battling cancer, who typically lose their hair during treatment.

 “We are honored to partner with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help the youngest in our community battle this terrible illness,” said Alex Dixon, General Manager of MGM Springfield. “Every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer worldwide, so knowing that an act as simple as shaving our heads can help provide more research and ultimately, hopefully, cures for these children makes us all proud to participate.”

Since 2000, St. Baldrick’s Foundation has granted more than $253 million for the development of childhood cancer treatments. The non-profit continues that effort through their foundation and nationwide head-shaving events.

Those interested in shaving or raising money can register online or onsite the day of the event. Group registration is also available for teams and organizations.

For more information on “Be Brave & Shave” and how to donate, visit StBaldricks.org.

About St. Baldrick’s Foundation
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. St. Baldrick’s coordinates its signature head-shaving events worldwide where participants collect pledges to shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer, raising money to fund research. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $127 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, and the new International Scholar grants train researchers to work in developing countries. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit StBaldricks.org.

About MGM Springfield
MGM Springfield covers three city blocks in the heart of downtown Springfield, Mass. As the world’s first LEED™ Platinum-certified gaming resort, MGM Springfield ignites a cultural and economic renaissance in a historic New England city by seamlessly blending new design with restored historic buildings. The resort offers more than 125,000 square feet of gaming space, a 250-room boutique hotel on Main Street, superior spa services, diverse retail and inspired dining headlined by award-winning Chef Michael Mina’s Cal Mare. MGM Springfield also features a seven-screen Regal luxury cinema complex, bowling lanes, a seasonal skating rink and outdoor marketplace displaying local art, events and talent. The property opened on August 24, 2018. For additional information, please visit mgmspringfield.com.

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Saverio Mancini / Ellanje Ferguson
MGM Springfield Communications
(413) 237-5580 / (413) 237-5581
smancini@mgmspringfield.com /