Downtown Danny O\u2019s was packed Saturday afternoon for a St. Baldrick\u2019s Day event organized by Shelton\u2019s Huntington Volunteer Fire Company. More than 30 people had signed up to have their heads shaved at the downtown establishment by stylists from Panache Hair Design on Bridgeport Avenue. Dozens of their friends and family members joined firefighters to offer their moral support and cheer on the \u201cshavees.\u201d Fund-raising goal Huntington firefighter Mark Starzecki, one of the event\u2019s organizers, said the $10,000 goal was within reach as the event got underway. The fire company\u2019s first St. Baldrick\u2019s event in 2012 raised about $7,500, doubling that year\u2019s initial goal. \u201cThis helps kids going through cancer know they are not alone,\u201d said Starzecki, who was among those having their heads shaved for the charitable cause. A local inspiration One of the inspirations for the Shelton fund-raising event was James Haefele, a 7-year-old Shelton resident who is battling cancer. He attended the event with his family, and his father Jim and step-brother Ethan were among the first people to have their heads shaved. The nonprofit St. Baldrick\u2019s Foundation has raised more than $100 million to fight children\u2019s cancer through the head-shaving events since 1999. The name is related to St. Patrick\u2019s Day because the first event was organized by three Irish-American executives in New York City took place on the Irish heritage celebration day. Growing hair for the event Joey Tassitano, another Huntington firefighter who was getting his head shaved, said he had avoided getting a haircut for awhile in preparation for the event. \u201cI\u2019ve been growing it out for two months,\u201d Tassitano said. \u201cIt\u2019s never been this long.\u201d Ryan Mattioli, a first lieutenant at the fire company, thought the event was going well. \u201cMy guys get a great job pulling this together,\u201d said Mattioli, adding that the participation of firefighters from Shelton\u2019s other three volunteer departments helped make it a success. Many can relate to the cause Matt Lawrence, Huntington Fire Company captain, had signed up to get shaved. \u201cEven my grandmother gave money,\u201d he said of his sponsors. Lawrence has two young children and can relate to how the St. Baldrick\u2019s program assists youngsters with cancer because one of his own has medical issues. \u201cYou try to do what you can as parents and adults to help,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s all about the kids.\u201d Organizers thanked the stylists from Panache for donating their time, and Danny\u00a0 O\u2019s for donating food and the space.