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Quincy: Saving by Shaving Raises $7 million for Boston Children’s Hospital

From left: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees joined Red Sox President Sam Kennedy and Sox legend David Ortiz at the event. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

From left: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees joined Red Sox President Sam Kennedy and Red Sox legend David Ortiz at the event. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.


It was a star-studded affair at Granite Telecommunications in Quincy for the 7th Annual Saving by Shaving event. A total of $7 million was raised for cancer research at Boston Children’s Hospital. Thousands of people gathered in the atrium for a quick trim.

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz joined Republican Governor Charlie Baker, Drew Brees, the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, along with players from the Boston Bruins and New England Patriots.

Granite CEO Rob Hale says a donation is made for each person who shaves their head, this is the highest total they’ve ever raised.  

“It’s a wonderful feeling, and I’m lucky and blessed to be a part of it,” said Hale.

“It’s wonderful, but it’s a reflection of their compassion for children – 1,500 of my teammates and folks who have flown in from New Orleans,” Hale added. “They’re here to help children. It’s wonderful to help catalyze but it’s their compassion that did it.”

Governor Baker joked that it might be a little colder when he steps outside, but said he’s glad to be part of the cause.

“Rob Hale and the team here have raised probably close to $50 million dollars by now for cancer research over the past six or seven years,” said Baker. “I think the reason so many people do this is A. – It’s a really good cause and B. – In the grand scheme of things, us suffering through a few months of not looking our best is a small price to pay for the opportunity to support the kind of research that’s associated with Children’s Hospital and Dana Farber, and the Brigham and many of the great institutions we have here.”

Among the highlights was David Ortiz cutting the hair of Red Sox President Sam Kennedy. In between taking selfies with fans, Ortiz was all smiles. He joked about taking up a career as a hair stylist.

Boston Bruins legends Ray Bourque and Johnny Bucyk took part in the event.  

“I did this last year and it’s a great cause,” said Bourque. “My hair grew back. My hair is pretty thick, it’s like a Chia Pet, it grows back pretty quick after a few showers. It’s a great cause, it’s helping kids. It’s great to see the turnout that we’ve gotten. Rob and his team and what they do in terms of raising money for the Children’s Hospital is very, very special.”

Sandra Fenwick, the CEO for Children’s Hospital, says the funds will have an immediate impact, and there’s no greater investment than in the kids who will be the future.

About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. Lenny has won two Edward R. Murrow awards for breaking news coverage, and a Mass. Broadcasters Award in the sports feature category. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny now lives in Rockland. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at