By Dawn Krebs
SEBASTIAN -- At the March 13 city council meeting, it was announced that members of the city police department and city council raised more than $11,000 for the St. Baldricks fundraiser that took place at Capt. Hiram's on March 2.
Overall, the fundraiser for children's cancer research raised more than $100,000, with 22 teams and almost 200 participants taking part.
"It reminded me of almost 29 years ago when I went on a bus ride to Fort Dix," said Mayor Bob McPartian. "As soon as I went in to Capt. Hiram's, I signed my name on a piece of paper and then someone handed me a uniform with a T-shirt of the event. Then they put me on stage and shaved my head."
City councilwoman Andrea Coy, who attended the city council meeting wearing a dark hat and scarf, noted that the event far exceeded its goal.
The Sebastian police department had 24 officers who took part, in addition to others who supported their team. By the end of the fundraiser, that team had raised more than $10,000.
The city of Sebastian team was represented by councilmembers Jim Hill and Andrea Coy and Mayor McPartian.
"Through the help of the city, our three-member team met and doubled our goal," Councilwoman Coy said. "Bravo to everyone. You had to be there. It was a wonderful day for a super cause."
At the end of the meeting, she took off her hat and scarf to reveal the results of her donation to the applauding crowd.
"As promised, it's showtime," she said, removing first her hat, then the white scarf underneath. "I am proud to be bald. I did this voluntarily, and I support the kids, and I have no regrets."