QUINCY, MA – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker joined Rob Hale, CEO of Granite Telecommunications on Tuesday, shaving his head for charity in a fund-raising campaign to benefit Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Baker, along with more than 700 Granite employees and local celebrities buzzed their locks and beards, raising more than $4.25 million in the #savingbyshaving event held at the company’s Quincy, MA, headquarters as well as in Granite’s branch office locations around the United States. Participating employees represented more than half of the company’s workforce.
“The success of this event is a testament to the commitment of our team members to go above and beyond to help others,” Hale said. “We’re incredibly proud that our team members have committed to participating in this campaign and we’re thankful that Governor Baker and our many special guests could once again join us in raising money for a terrific cause.”
Funds raised at Granite’s third annual event were donated to Dana-Farber to be used for cancer research.
According to a statement from Granite’s spokesperson, Kimberly Kennedy, the Saving by Shaving event began two years ago, when Hale jokingly dared an employee to shave his ZZ Top-style beard in exchange for a $1,000 donation to Dana-Farber. Weeks later, 428 Granite employees shaved their heads or beards and donated hair to Locks of Love.
Granite, Rob Hale, and his mother, Granite owner and Dana-Farber trustee, Judy Hale, donated more than $2.2 million to Dana-Farber from that 2014 event. Last year’s event saw 550 Granite employees participate, along with Governor Baker and Quincy Mayor Tom Koch, with Granite donating $3.25 million to Dana-Farber.
Koch and Ken Casey, Bassist for Boston’s own Dropkick Murphy’s joined Baker and a long list of local celebrities in supporting Dana-Farber’s world renown cancer treatment and research efforts.
“We are grateful for the continued generosity of the Hale family and the wonderful employees of Granite Telecommunications,” said Susan S. Paresky, senior vice president for Development and the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “Their dedication and commitment to raising funds to move cancer research forward at Dana-Farber truly makes a difference in the lives of patients and their families.”
The statement went on to say that Granite has been named repeatedly as one of the most philanthropic companies in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal.
The company and the Hale family have donated more than $10 million to Dana-Farber over the past decade. Granite also supports hundreds of other community charities in Massachusetts and throughout the world through additional company charitable activities.
Baker said he was amenable to hitting the barber’s chair again next year, considering his locks a renewable and regenerative resource.
Professionals from more than 20 local barber shops and hair salons donated their time and expertise to the event.
This article originally appeared on Examiner.com on March 29, 2016.