QUINCY, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Granite Telecommunications, LLC, a $1.6 billion provider of communications services to multilocation businesses and government agencies, announced today that it will host its 8th annual “Saving by Shaving” to raise funds for pediatric research and treatments at Boston Children’s Hospital. For the health and safety of the donors, volunteers and staff, the event will be held virtually March 8-12.
Granite CEO Rob Hale, along with Granite teammates, their families and friends, will be joined by community leaders and celebrities, including Governor Charlie Baker for the virtual event.
“This year, it’s more important than ever that we continue our tradition of charitable giving with Saving by Shaving,” said Hale. “I’m inspired that the Granite team and our supporters are undeterred by the logistical challenges posed by the pandemic and have planned a safe way to fundraise virtually in support of BCH and children’s health care.”
Starting Monday, March 8, through Friday, March 12, participants will submit photos or videos of themselves shaving their head or cutting their hair. For each person who shaves their head or donates at least 8 inches of their hair, Granite will donate $2,500, which is matched dollar for dollar by the Hale family, for a total of $5,000 per head to fund pediatric cancer research at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Over the past seven years, more that 8,600 people have participated in “Saving by Shaving” events by shaving their heads and donating their hair, raising more than $35 million for charitable organizations. In 2020 alone, Saving by Shaving raised $7 million.
All locks of hair will be donated to Hair We Share, which creates custom wigs free of charge for those affected by medical hair loss. Plus, a donation of $100 will be made for every “chemo cap” (a hat for cancer patients who’ve lost hair due to chemotherapy) created by the Granite Fiber Art’s team.
The “Saving by Shaving” event is closed to the general public, but Granite encourages likeminded individuals to support funding for pediatric cancer research by donating to the Boston Children’s Hospital Trust.
About “Saving by Shaving”
Granite’s annual “Saving by Shaving” fundraiser began seven years ago when CEO Rob Hale jokingly dared a member of his team to shave his ZZ Top-style beard in exchange for a $1,000 donation to a cancer hospital. Over the next two weeks, hundreds more Granite teammates reached out to Hale asking for the same opportunity to raise funds and shave their heads or beards in solidarity with those undergoing chemotherapy. From there, 428 teammates turned out at Granite’s first “Saving by Shaving” event and raised more than $2.2 million to benefit cancer research.
Boston Children's Hospital, the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center. Its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. Today, more than 3,000 scientists, including 8 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 17 members of the National Academy of Medicine and 12 Howard Hughes Medical Investigators comprise Boston Children's research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children's is now a 415-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care. For more, visit our Vector and Thriving blogs and follow us on social media @BostonChildrens, @BCH_Innovation, Facebook and YouTube.
About Hair We Share
Hair We Share was formed in 2014 and is supported by over 40 years of experience in custom design for wigs and hair pieces. We are extremely proud to say that Hair We Share is rapidly making a mark in the medical related hair loss communities, improving lives and restoring the confidence of men, women and children throughout the USA. For more information, visit https://hairweshare.org/
Granite delivers one-stop communications solutions to multilocation businesses and government agencies throughout the United States and Canada. The $1.6 billion company serves more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100 companies in the United States and has 1.75 million voice and data lines under management. Granite launched in 2002 and grew quickly by helping businesses to simplify sourcing and management of local and long-distance phone services with one point of contact and one invoice for all their office locations nationwide. Today, Granite is the leader in voice and has extended its unique value proposition – “one company, one contact, one bill” – to include a range of advanced business communications services, including Internet access, SD-WAN, wireless WAN, hosted PBX, SIP trunking, mobile voice and data, mobile device management, managed security, network integration and much more. Granite employs more than 2,300 people at its headquarters in Quincy, Mass., and nine regional offices nationwide. For more information, visit www.granitenet.com.