Losing It in Montauk

St. Therese group raises $8,000 for St. Baldrick's Foundation
Among those who shaved their heads were a group of Montauk firefighters, including, in back, Roberto Taverias, Dick Monahan, Dutch Riege, and David Marmeno, in front, Tim O'Rourke, Ryan Persan, Donnie Schnell, and Mike Martinsen, and a future junior firefighter, Jonathan Simons. Janis Hewitt

     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.

Simone Monahan, who went bald in memory of Kyle Favata, who died of leukemia in 2009, had her head shaved by Chris McCracken.Janis Hewitt
Pam Loffreno did the honors for Pamela Monahan. Janis Hewitt
Pam Loffreno with Dutch ReigeJanis Hewitt
Young Jonathan Simons with the Rev. Bishop Nelson Perez, the Rev. Mike Reider, and Mike Martinsen Janis Hewitt