PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – City residents Lauren and Caitlin Brady have announced their first public fundraiser for their “This Is Me” College Scholarship Fund.
The fundraiser is a carnival set for Friday, Aug. 17, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will be held at 1829 Maple Ave. in Peekskill and will feature live music, an open-mic segment, food, refreshments, games and a bouncy castle. The entry price is $25 per person, and children 12 and under will be admitted free.
At 8 p.m. a friend of the Bradys', Lauren (Polhill) Shortt, will shave her head in honor of her late sister, Cait Chivonne Polhill. Shortt wanted to do something special in her sister's name while shining a light on alopecia areata awareness, so the young women launched “Curls for Cait,” an initiative to further raise money for the cause. Alopecia areata is a condition that causes hair loss.
People can sponsor Shortt's tribute to her sister by visiting their site to make a donation. Shortt will donate her beautiful blond locks to girls with the condition. The donation site opened at midday July 23 and within 24 hours the fundraising goal was far surpassed. To date, the site has garnered more than double the original goal of $1,000.
The Brady sisters posted a video on YouTube with their “This Is Me” PSA for alopecia awareness, which they filmed last year.
All proceeds from the carnival fundraiser and curlsforcait.com will go directly to the “This Is Me” College Scholarship Fund. Lauren and Caitlin Brady were able to award $500 scholarships to two Peekskill High School graduates in June and plan to expand to additional local school districts next year.