The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted their annual Cut for a Cure event on Monday resulting in a huge donation.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted their annual Cut for a Cure event to raise money for pediatric cancer research on Monday at One Buc Place. The big story was whether or not general manager Jason Licht would be partaking in the festivities or not. Licht laid down the challenge that if the Buccaneers raised $100,000 – more than they’ve ever raised in the past – he would shave his head.
The other storyline was Pewter Report’s Trevor Sikkema. Sikkema has been sporting a “man bun” for quite a while and it has almost become his calling card. Even his colleague at Pewter Report Mark Cook introduces Sikkema on their podcast – Pewter Nation – as “the man bun himself.” Jason Licht and Beau Allen laid out the challenge that they would donate $500 each if Sikkema would shave his head. Sikkema turned this into his own personal money raising goal of $3000 to lose the bun.
When all was said and done, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers raised $123,000. That is until Gerald McCoy stepped in, as has become tradition, and donated a big chunk out of his own pocket stating that he “doesn’t like odd numbers”, so the captain got the donation up to an even $130,000.
Over the six years the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hosted this event, Monday’s donations have brought the six year total up to $315,000. However, Licht and the gang have set the bar very high for future years. After setting the record for the single largest donation in the six years, Jason Licht will have to come up with some more intriguing ideas on how to take it to an even higher level in 2019.
Kudos to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jason Licht, Trevor Sikkema, and all those who made donations to such an incredible cause. It’s incredible to witness the joy on the children’s faces as they take part in the cutting and dying of players’ hair, knowing that the money raised from the event will go to help them or other kids like them in the future.
Bravo, Bucs. Bravo.