BOSTON – State Representative Joseph McGonagle (D-Everett) recently took part in the annual Saving by Shaving fundraiser that supports the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
McGonagle and four other legislators – Tim Whelan (R-Brewster), David Muradian (R-Grafton), Paul Tucker (D-Salem) and Michael Day (D-Stoneham) – were among hundreds of volunteers who agreed to have their heads or beards shaved to help raise money for cancer research. Other participants included Governor Charlie Baker, state Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Red Sox President Sam Kennedy and Jim Braude, the host of Greater Boston and co-host of Boston Public Radio.
The sponsor of the event, Granite Telecommunications CEO Rob Hale, is donating $10,000 to Dana-Farber for each state representative who participated. The fundraiser took place at the company’s Quincy headquarters. Area barbers and hair stylists donated their time and talent to support the event. Since 2014, Saving by Shaving has raised $14.7 million for Dana-Farber. Combined with its other fundraising efforts, Granite Telecommunications has donated nearly $18 million to cancer research.