Kathy Rover, manager of food services and nutrition at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, gets her head shaved Wednesday. LISA ROBERSON / CHRONICLE
ELYRIA — Kathy Rovere didn’t give her husband much time to think about whether he wanted her to buzz her head.
Rovere, manager of food services and nutrition at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, told him Tuesday night.
On Wednesday afternoon, Rebecca Matusik took a pair of clippers to Rovere’s gray locks. After all, it’s called Bald for Bucks, an annual fundraiser at the hospital that raises money for the United Way of Greater Lorain County, and the point of the fundraiser is to go short so the organization can go long with its community outreach efforts.
“They do so much. They help families in need all over the area and it stays in the area,” Rovere said. “Anything we can do to bring attention to this and raise money that will stay in Elyria is a thing that is well worth doing.”
Rovere was not alone in getting a quick haircut in the hospital’s cafeteria.
Tom LaMotte, manager of rehab services, and Jared Pullins, environmental services supervisor, lost their hair, too. LaMotte heads of the hospital’s United Way fundraising efforts and said he is happy to motivate employee generosity any way he can.
“I’m going balder by the day and my wife wants me to go bald permanently at this point,” he said. “I’m not so ready to give up the ship just yet, but for a short time I have no problem being bald to help a good cause.”
In the fifth year of the event, hospital employees have raised more than $7,000. This year’s tally is $800 and growing with a number of unspecified pledges still to count.
“It doesn’t bother me too much. Hair grows back, and for a good cause it’s totally worth it,” added Pullins.
The United Way kicked off its annual campaign drive back in August with expectations of raising $2.5 million to $3 million.