On May 26, 2019, The Masonic Temple in St. John’s, NL was filled with the delightful sounds of laughter and music, the delicious smells of sausages and fishcakes, and the gorgeous smiles of some very generous people.
The fabulous Mallard Cottage prepared an elaborate, traditional Newfoundland brunch while guests enjoyed the magnificent historical architecture of The Masonic Temple, built in 1894. This landmark building houses the Spirit of Newfoundland Theatre Company and still boasts stunning original designs, such as its Corinthian columns and its grand, winding stair case.
Razor, the Lion, welcomed people as they entered, offering hugs and high fives to both new and familiar friends.
These pleasurable surroundings set the scene for the 3rd Annual Brave Brunch, Shave for the Brave’s largest fundraiser. The beautifully decorated tables, adorned with bright yellow and deep blue, were quickly surrounded by guests with a shared common interest — helping young adults in Canada who are living with, through, and beyond cancer.
YACC’s Executive Director, Geoff Eaton, and the Chair of YACC’s Board of Directors, Val Pike, eloquently expressed their passionate gratitude for everyone who has helped to make the Shave for the Brave a successful fundraising venture over the years. Val said, “Our saying at Young Adult Cancer Canada is that, ‘YACC’s got your back!’ We can only have their backs because you have ours.”
East Coast Music Award Winning Artist and young adult cancer survivor, Paul Brace, performed a song from his album, Liars & Actors, a record inspired by his cancer experience.
In true Shave for the Brave fashion, some people signed up to lose their hair for a great cause! We had four brave gentlemen sign up to Shave at the Brave Brunch.
First up was Brian Parsons. Brian is the Payable Coordinator at Whitecap Seafoods in St. John’s, NL. He hit the ground fundraising and brought in $2940!
Secondly, we had Doug Chafe, Portfolio Manager, Vice President, and Branch Manager at CIBC Wood Gundy, NL. Doug shaved his flowing locks and raised and impressive $25,500!
Last, but certainly not least, was brother duo Rob and Alex Crosbie, of Crosbie Group, Ltd. Together they brought in a whopping $56,170!
2019 Shave Ambassador, Naomi Lee Cheeke, joined Geoff Eaton on stage to talk about the impact that YACC has made in her young life. She was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma last year and attended her first YACC Survivor Conference just one week prior to the Brave Brunch. She recalled the life-altering moments of connection and community that she experienced at conference and says the relationships she made there have already helped her as she continues to adjust to life after cancer.
The Brave Brunch fun continued with a live auction. Lucky attendees snatched some great deals on some incredible prize packs, including a family trip for four to Florida and NHL hockey tickets. When the auction ended, the morning concluded with a performance by cancer survivor and YACC alumnus, Kathy Stock, singing her original song, “Overcome.”
The Third Annual Brave Brunch was a massive success, with the tickets, the Shavers, and the auction bringing in a grand total of $111,570 to help young adult cancer survivors across Canada!
Special thanks to volunteer stylist, April Martin, for shaving some heads, as well as Henry Pike, for ensuring Razor the Lion could be present. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended, donated, and contributed to make this year’s Brave Brunch an incredible success!