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Cut for a Friend: North End Bartender to Shave His Head as Part of a Fundraiser for Local Woman

When he reaches his $5,000 fundraising goal this Monday, May 17, at the Corner Café, Ray Cooper will shave his head in support of long-time Regina Pizzeria waitress Pam Foley, who is battling cancer.

The news of Pam’s condition was devastating to many local residents, patrons, and friends, who know her as the energetic, bubbly, and sometimes terse waitress and bartender at the Regina. “She isn’t able to work, and right now she can use all the help she can get. I wanted to do something with a personal touch to try to raise as much money as possible,” explained Cooper.

When pressed about why he chose to undertake the fundraising in this way, he said, “I woke up one morning and thought: On top of fighting cancer and being sick, it must be difficult for her to have no hair! I wanted to put myself on the same level with her to show her how much I care. And on the other hand, it’s something fun and will make people laugh, which we all need, and get people involved to work toward a common goal – to help Pam.”

Cooper set his goal at $5,000 as the terms for shaving his head. “Of course, we are hoping to raise more money than that,” added Cooper. Sponsorships have been coming in from all over, from all kinds of people, which is encouraging to Cooper. Rocco from Rocco’s Barbershop on Salem Street will do the honors.

Donations can be made and raffle tickets are on sale now at the Corner Café at 871/2 Prince St. in the North End, which is where the fundraiser and head shaving will take place on Monday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. The day of the event a silent auction will be held. There will be appetizers and a cash bar.

Contact: Corner Cafe, 617-523-8997