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Photos: Four weekend St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events raise more than $519,000

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John Bonner Elementary School students attend the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s fundraiser for childhood cancer research Saturday, March 1, 2014, at New York-New York’s Brooklyn Bridge.

Holly Madison Shaves Kats’ Head

Holly Madison shaves the head of John Katsilometes of The Kats Report in support of St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s fundraiser for childhood cancer research Saturday, March 1, 2014, at New York-New York’s Brooklyn Bridge.

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Luxor headliners Jabbawockeez attend St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s fundraiser for childhood cancer research Saturday, March 1, 2014, at New York-New York’s Brooklyn Bridge.

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Monte Carlo headliners Blue Man Group shave the head of Shadi Omeish, VP of hotel operations at Monte Carlo, at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s fundraiser for childhood cancer research Saturday, March 1, 2014, at New York-New York’s Brooklyn Bridge.

The weekend fundraisers of volunteers shaving their heads for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation children’s cancer charity were an astounding success. McMullan’s Irish Pub near the Orleans, where I was one of the MCs, raised more than $380,000.

I helped a Knights of the Bald Table ceremony for several volunteers who have attended for seven consecutive years. Another $112,000-plus, tripling last year’s amount, was raised at Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York.

Gorgeous Holly Madison shaved the head of my colleague John Katsilometes, who volunteered to be a shavee for the second year in a row (and on his birthday weekend).

Paul Catania, principal at John Bonner Elementary School, brought 26 students — including one girl — who braved the shave. Monte Carlo headliners Blue Man Group turned up to shave the head of Shadi Omeish, the resort’s VP of hotel operations.

During the day, a large number of personalities turned out to show support by shaving heads, performing, hosting and being shaved themselves.

They included TV journalist Chris Saldana; 2014 Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez; Edie “the Mistress of Sensuality” and her cast of “Zumanity”; casts of “Fantasy,” Tournament of Kings and Jabbawockeez; Angel Porrino and Melody Sweets of “Absinthe”; and Jaymes Vaughan of Chippendales.

Plus, “Jersey Boys” stars Travis Cloer, Graham Fenton and Jeff Leibow; singer Cheaza; Martin Kaye, Mark Ferratt and Marc Donovan of “Million Dollar Quartet”; Carrie St. Louis and Mark Shunock of “Rock of Ages”; and radio DJ Chet Buchanan, who hosted.

In its third-annual head shaving, Ri Ra Irish Pub at Mandalay Place raised more than $21,000, and Rx Boiler Room restaurateur chef Rick Moonen and food critic Al Mancini raised more than $6,000 combined as they switched roles with the clippers.

For Al, it meant his trademark Mohawk of 15 years is now history — for a worthy cause.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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