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Part of the Clips for a Cure poster, featuring a sketch of a man's bald head

Clips for a cure

Published on April 20, 2005

As far as hair-raising experiences go, this event should only be frightening for a few of Minneapolis's finest, who are putting their scalps in the hands of Mayor R.T. Rybak. For everyone else, it should be a lot of good, clean--and clean-shaven--fun, and for a great cause.

On Friday, April 22, the University of Minnesota student organization Clips for a Cure will hold a benefit program, 5K run, and concert to benefit the University Cancer Center. The event will take place from 4 to 10 p.m. behind Coffman Union on the Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis.

At 4 p.m. Rybak will be shaving the heads of Minneapolis police officers and fire fighters, and University students will be donating hair for "Locks of Love," an organization that provides hairpieces to children who have lost their hair due to illness. Great Clips stylists will be on hand to shave heads and take hair donations. All proceeds from this event go to fund research at the Cancer Center.

There will be other activities throughout the evening, including a 5K run/walk, which will be held at about 4:30 p.m. All pre-registered runners, in addition to the first 200 runners to sign up on April 22, will receive a free "Live Strong" wristband, and the first 200 finishers will receive a free ice cream cone.

There will be a live auction, and musical groups will be performing all evening, with the Honeydogs--a nationally known rock band from the Twin Cities--headlining the concert. And at 8 p.m. a drawing will take place for a trip to Europe, which was donated by STA Travel. Numerous food vendors will be also be on site throughout the day and will be donating part of their proceeds to the Cancer Center.