Kirkwood pastor to shear locks for cancer wigs

Auction to be held for chance to shear the Rev. Dr. Hope Lee's long tresses April 13

HERALD STAFF REPORTApril 5, 2014 

The Rev. Hope Lee has been growing her hair to donate to Beautiful Lengths. The opportunity to cut off Hope's ponytail is being auctioned off to raise funds for Kirkwood Presbyterian Church's mission trips this year. PHOTO PROVIDED

BRADENTON -- The Rev. Dr. Hope Italiano Lee, lead pastor of Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Bradenton, hasn't had a haircut in 18 months.

Her intent was to donate her ponytail to Beautiful Lengths, a program that provides wigs to cancer patients.

That's changed.

The ponytail will still be donated but the opportunity to cut it off is being auctioned off to raise funds for Kirkwood's 2014 adult mission trips. Congregation members and friends are invited to pool their funds to bid on the chance to snip off the ponytail.

Kirkwood's Sip & Clip event will follow the 11 a.m. worship service April 13. A coffee bar with home-baked goodies will be provided by the adult mission trip teams heading to Belize with Rivers of the World and to Oklahoma with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

In Belize, plans are to build a multipurpose building for the Mayan Women's Council for a sewing school, product market and pastoral training.

In Oklahoma, a team will help with 2013 tornado relief.

During the Sip & Clip folks can sip a cup of coffee while the auction is conducted. The highest bidder gets the shears to cut Hope's hair. No experience required.

Beautiful Lengths is a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society, the largest nonprofit health organization committed to saving lives from cancer and improving the quality of life for people facing the disease. Pantene helps women grow long, strong, beautiful hair and provides the funds to turn the hair into free wigs for women with cancer. Pantene has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society's wig banks, which distribute wigs to cancer patients across the country.

Information: pantene.com/en-US/PanteneBeautifulLengths/Details/beautiful-lengths-about-the-program.aspx.

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