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Energy industry “braves the shave” for childhood cancer research

St. Baldricks' emcees

DJ Arnold, MDU Resources, and Mike Eggl, Basin Electric, emcee the event.

The energy industry came out last Friday for the 5th annual St. Baldrick’s Day  in North Dakota. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the world’s leading volunteer-driven foundation providing money toward childhood cancer research and fellowships. The North Dakota event began in 2008 at Basin Electric Power Cooperative (see a video about the origins here) and has raised more than $700,000 in its five years. According to organizers at Basin Electric, this year’s event raised an all-time high of more than $200,000.

Partners for the 2012 event were Basin Electric, MDU Resources Group, NISC, Starion Financial, Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, Missouri Valley Family YMCA, North American Coal Company and Great River Energy, with many others participating, including teams:

St. B's honorees on stage

St. Baldricks’ honorees on stage

  • Capital Electric Cooperative
  • Coteau [Mine] Cure Miners
  • Deer Creek Station – Basin Electric
  • [Dakota Gasification Company] Good, Bald & Ugly
  • Gone in 60 Seconds [Leland Olds Station]
  • [Laramie River Station, Wyo.] Lifeshavers 4
  • MDU – Black Hills Baldies
  • MDU Idaho – Team Phrenology
  • [Transmission System Maintenance] Bald Busters
  • [Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline] Willfully Bald Incentive Program


Dakota Coal Company at St. Baldrick's

Bob Bartosh, Dakota Coal Company, getting interviewed during the big shave.

The notable head-shaving of Bob Bartosh, Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Dakota Coal Company, brought in a $15,000 donation alone. Bartosh told his colleagues at North American Coal Company he’d consider shaving his head for $10,000. Little did he know that North American Coal Company would come up with a donation of $15,000 for Bartosh to shave his head, but a pledge of an additional $15,000 for next year’s event if Bartosh goes under the clippers again.

You might be interested in:

Basin Electric’s full wrap-up of the 2012 St. Baldrick’s Day event
North Dakota St. Baldrick’s Day event page on the foundation website


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