Bruins Host Annual Cuts for a Cause Event
Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Updated: Friday, March 30, 2012 14:03
The Boston Bruins hosted their fifth annual Cuts for a Cause Wednesday the 28th. It was their largest crowd in the history of the event. This year’s event was held at Royale night club, where there was a capacity for a much bigger crowd compared to other years.
The event was hosted by Boston Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton and 98.5 the Sports Hub hostsRich Shertenlieb and Fred Toettcher. It showcased 16 other Bruins players as well. These players included returning participants such Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley among others, as well as first timers such as Benoit Pouliot and Torey Krug.
Each player was bided on and the highest bidder was able to shave the players’ heads. Proceeds for the event benefited the Boston Bruins Foundation and Tufts Medical Center’s Floating Hospital for Children. These proceeds included both player bids as well as the cost of tickets and raffle tickets.
The highest bid this year went to Brad Marchand. However it was a close call, as many bids were higher than previous years. Patrice Bergeron said of the outcome, “I’ve been doing it since the beginning and it’s just great to see, I think we doubled the money we raised last year this year.”
Although the event is first and foremost about raising money for a great cause, there was still room for a few laughs. Adam McQuaid, who was given a now infamous mullet at last year’ Cuts for a Cause, repeated this feat, much to the delight of the audience.
But McQuaid was not the only Bruin getting laughs. Brad Marchand was coaxed into singing some 80s music to the crowd by the hosting 98.5’s Rich Shertenlib. Another moment that got the crowd laughing was the surprise appearance by none other than the Bruins bear.
Some of the players were shaved by bidders, while others were shaved by hospital patients. Seeing these children get this opportunity was a reminder of just what this event was all about, and that is helping children get healthy. The event has come a long way since its origin five years ago, where around 40 people attended inside the 98.5 Sport’s Hub radio studio.
The event has raised almost $200,000 over the course of the past five years. Each year it continues to grow larger and always finds players willing to participate. At the end of the night, Bruins walked away with bald heads, and the Floating Hospital for children walked away with over $58 thousand. The fifth annual Cuts for a Cause was a success and will certainly only increase anticipation for next years.