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Airport employees to go bald for charity

St. Baldrick event comes to LaGuardia

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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:42 am, Thu May 15, 2014.

The Food & Shops at LaGuardia Airport is teaming up with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the fourth annual St. Baldrick’s Shave Event on May 12.

St. Baldrick’s is a volunteer-driven charity that funds research for kids’ cancers.

This year, the event is in honor of 5-year-old Luke Lang, who was diagnosed with acute lyniphoblastic leukemia.

More than 20 airport employees will make the pledge to go bald during the event that will run from 12 to 2 p.m.

“We’re honored to participate in this worthy cause for the fourth consecutive year,” said Lillian Tan, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace Development, the company that manages Food & Shops at LaGuardia Airport, in a written statement.

“The event rallies our airport community around helping children who are suffering with cancer and brings awareness to an issue that is close to all our hearts.”

Passengers traveling through LaGuardia’s Terminal B can make a donation at donation boxes that are installed at all store locations.

Those who are not flying this week but would still like to donate can do so online by visiting the LGA CARES event page at stbaldricks.org.

Last year, the event raised more than $75,000 to date and aims to surpass the $100,000 by the end of May.

The Hudson Group will supply goodie bags for the shavees and Five Guys Burgers and Fries will donate a portion of their sales on the day of the event.

Eateries including Angelina’s Metro Market, Asian Chao, Au Bon Pain, Auntie Anne’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Figs and MexiJoe’s Grill will provide free lunch cards to everyone who donates.

Supporters of Luke and his family are also collecting money on the charity site giveforward.com.

They have raised $10,400 so far.

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