Tuesday Jan 04 2011
Kiwanis Club of Folsom Lake president gets buzz to benefit Locks for the House
By: Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer
Last weekend, one local woman shaved her head bald in an effort to create awareness during the 122nd Tournament of Roses Parade. Roni Stroud, president of the Kiwanis Club of Folsom Lake and previous board officer for the Kiwanis Family House from 2007 to 2010, rode on “Children’s Dreams,” the Kiwanis International float in the Roses Parade on Saturday in Pasadena. When deciding to do the fundraiser called Locks For The House, Stroud said she first asked herself one question. With 450 million people, worldwide, who watch the Tournament of Roses Parade, what impact on a charity could be achieved if a woman were willing to ride bald on a float? As it turned out, the impact was big. Stroud, 45, of El Dorado Hills, shaved her head at Kane’s Restaurant, 120 E. Main St. in Grass Valley, after more than 850 people voted to “shave the hair.” More than $13,960 total was raised. “I’m excited and I’m happy to stand with people who have lost their hair,” Stroud said. “It’s scary, and I don’t know what to expect, but I’m excited and proud to do it.” John Kane, 55, owner of Kane’s Restaurant, said he was glad to host the event. “It was pretty stunning, she was beautiful with her head shaven,” Kane said. “I was impressed. When you watch a beautiful woman shave her head, it really makes a statement.” Kane donated $500 to the fundraiser as well as hosting the head shaving lunch with 100 people. “This club really has a great sense of community and they go above and beyond to help,” Kane said. Stroud said while working on the board for the Kiwanis Family House, she met a young girl named AJ Cain who was bald as a result of leukemia. “She always stuck in my mind because she was so young,” Stroud said. Cain, now 18, rode on the float with Stroud because of her influence with Stroud’s fundraiser idea. Stroud used her opportunity of riding in the world-famous parade as a fundraiser for the Kiwanis Family House. The organization is dedicated to providing a temporary home for families with seriously ill or injured children being treated at the University of California, Davis or Shriner’s Hospital. Both hospitals are located in Sacramento. During the fundraiser, for every tax deductible $10 donation to the Kiwanis Family House, people were able to vote whether or not Stroud should shave her hair just days before she rode in the parade. Voters supported all the families that have stayed and will stay at the Kiwanis Family House. For more information on the fundraiser, visit locksforthehouse.com. For more information on the Kiwanis Family House, visit our website at kiwanisfamilyhouse.org.