Batavia Barber Snips Hair for Charity in Chop Around the Clock

Batavia barber snips hair for charity in Chop Around the Clock

By ASHLEY RHODEBECK – arhodebeck@shawmedia.com

Created: Saturday, June 2, 2012 3:50 p.m. CDT

Updated: Monday, June 4, 2012 6:37 a.m. CDT

Craig Foltos, owner of Foltos Tonsorial Parlor in downtown Batavia, cuts St. Charles resident David Prentiss’ hair Saturday afternoon during Chop Around the Clock, an annual fundraiser benefiting the Ronald McDonald House. The 24-hour event began Friday. (Ashley Rhodebeck – arhodebeck@shawmedia.com)

BATAVIA – Barber Craig Foltos never sets a financial goal for Chop Around the Clock, his annual fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago’s Hyde Park.

The money is secondary when it comes to showing others, particularly kids, that if a barber can help others, they can, too, he said.

“People just want to help out,” he said Saturday afternoon while shaving a groom for his wedding. “They want to be part of something good.”

By midday Saturday, he said, close to 200 people had come out to Foltos Tonsorial Parlor in downtown Batavia for the 24-hour fundraiser, which also featured music, food and raffles. It began Friday.

St. Charles resident David Prentiss said he was glad his regular appointment happened to fall during the event.

“I lucked out,” he said in the barber’s chair. “I missed it in the past. I know Craig could use some moral support on this day.”

Foltos wasn’t without support. Some of his friends, including Brian Roomey, helped wherever they could, such as with the food and music. It’s a fun charity, Roomey said.

“People are so generous,” he said.

Batavia resident Holly Deitchman brought her sons, Adam, 6, and Logan, 2, to the fundraiser on Saturday. She’s pitched in – usually with the cooking – for about the last 10 years, she said.

“It’s good to show the kids about giving back to a good cause,” she said.

Now in its 23rd year, the event has benefited the Ronald McDonald House since year one, when a client suggested donating the proceeds to the organization, Foltos said. The nonprofit fit his criterium: it helped kids, and it wasn’t heavy on staff or salaries, he said.

Ronald McDonald Houses provide a “home away from home” for families of hospitalized children. Most of their operating funds come from individual and corporate donations.

Foltos still remembers what his first visit to the Ronald McDonald House was like when he went there to drop off the check from the second Chop Around the Clock. The experience affected him more than reading about the nonprofit ever would, he said.

“They grabbed my heart,” he said.

According to its Facebook page, Foltos Tonsorial Parlor has donated more than $200,000 to the charity in the last 22 years. Additionally, Foltos said, he has continued to visit the Ronald McDonald House to give haircuts to and occasionally help cook. He has also met parents using the facility and has listened to their stories.

“They’re trying to make sense of what happened to them,” he said.

Visit http://rmhccni.org/ for more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

“They grabbed my heart,” he said.

According to its Facebook page, Foltos Tonsorial Parlor has donated more than $200,000 to the charity in the last 22 years. Additionally, Foltos said, he has continued to visit the Ronald McDonald House to give haircuts to and occasionally help cook. He has also met parents using the facility and has listened to their stories.

“They’re trying to make sense of what happened to them,” he said.

Visit http://rmhccni.org/ for more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

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