St. Baldrick’s Day in Montauk always has more spectators than clients, but the few who were brave enough to have their heads shaved bald at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church on March 9 to raise money for children’s cancer research helped the Montauk group exceed its $8,000 fund-raising goal by $500.
One of the brave ones was Simone Monahan, who first brought the event to the hamlet five years ago. Her husband, Dick Monahan, and stepdaughter, Pamela Monahan, joined her this year. Pamela Monahan had a thick braid running down her back before Pam Loffreno of Pamela’s New Beginnings Hair Salon picked up her shears.
Children, Montauk firefighters, and others signed on with pledges to raise the money. The Rev. Bishop Nelson Perez, the Roman Catholic Church’s vicar of the East End, drove east to do some haircutting. “I think I’m better at Confirmation than haircutting,” he said, before turning over the clippers to the Rev. Mike Reider, the pastor of St. Therese.