Shaved-head fundraiser for Cool Arts Society

Mom and son pledge to shave their heads for Cool Arts Society.

Local Kelowna residents Rita Romei and her son Mark are pledging to shave their heads in support of Cool Arts Society, an organization dedicated to providing fine arts opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities living in the Central Okanagan.

“My son, Mark (age 11) and I, wanted to do something to benefit people with special needs,” says Rita, “My niece, Shameera has special needs and attends school at Rutland Senior Secondary. She’s currently too young to participate in Cool Arts, but she’s a very talented artist and I’m really excited that she’ll have the opportunity to continue to develop as an artist when she’s an adult.

Rita participated in her first shaved-head fundraiser 5 years ago, for Balding for Dollars. The money raised went to BC Children’s Hospital and the hair went to Wigs For Kids. This year, she saw the opportunity to benefit two causes with her head-shave.

“‘Sham’, is definitely the inspiration for this event! “ notes Rita. “I am planning to send the hair to Wigs for Kids again. Hopefully, this event will create more public awareness for people with special needs and the programming Cool Arts has to offer.”

As a not-for-profit society and registered Canadian Charity, Cool Arts relies on donations, sponsorships and grants to continue to run our programming.

“We are always looking for fun and creative ways to raise both money and awareness for Cool Arts,” says Shauna Oddleifson, Cool Arts President. “We are thrilled to have Rita and Mark pick us as the charity for the pledges for shaving their heads.”

Money raised from this event will go to support Cool Arts’ upcoming Digital Media Program.

Event will take place at 555 Fuller Avenue, Saturday, June 28th  at 2:00 p.m.Rebecca Reynolds of Cream Salons is donating her time to the event.

If you are interested in pledging Rita or Mark, please contact us at

For more information about Cool Arts, visit our web site at,



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