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4-H chief offers to dye his hair pink in fundraising effort

John Bowe (right) instructs Warren County 4-H members in archery techniques in a recent 4-H session. In a fundraising challenge, Bowe has pledged to shave most of his hair off, sport a mohawk hairstyle and dye his hair pink if 4H members and staffers raise enough money for families stricken with cancer.
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John Bowe (right) instructs Warren County 4-H members in archery techniques in a recent 4-H session. In a fundraising challenge, Bowe has pledged to shave most of his hair off, sport a mohawk hairstyle and dye his hair pink if 4H members and staffers raise enough money for families stricken with cancer. Courtesy photo

— A coordinator for a popular youth program in Warren County is poised to sacrifice his dignity to boost a fundraising effort.

John Bowe, coordinator of 4-H youth programs for Cornell Cooperative Extension, has pledged to dye his hair pink and otherwise compromise his appearance if his 4-H members raise certain sums of money for the organization.

Incidentally, Bowe has a distaste for the color pink, he publicly revealed this week.

All 4-H members, staff and colleagues are to be involved in the fundraising challenge, named “Think Pink/Live Green.”

If the 4-Hers raise $500, Bowe will wear a bright pink shirt for the month of October. If they raise $1,000, Bowe will go a step further, dying both his hair and goatee pink for October.

And if the coalition raises $2,500, Bowe has pledged to shave his head, leaving a strip of his remaining hair in a stand-up Mohawk hairstyle, and dye it pink — for the public to enjoy for the entire month of October.

Proceeds of the fundraiser are to be split between the Warren County 4-H program and the C.R. Wood Cancer Center in Glens Falls.

Bowe said Tuesday he had mixed feelings about the 4-Hers and staff members reaching the goal.

“I really don’t like the color pink, but I want to see the 4-Hers raise the money,” he said. “If the kids are that dedicated to the effort, it’s worth it — I’m counting on my hair growing back in its natural color.”

Donations toward the fundraiser can be sent to: Cornell Cooperative Extension Warren County/4-H Fundraiser, 377 Schroon River Road, Warrensburg, NY 12885.

Those who have ideas on fundraising strategies in this effort are welcome to contact Cooperative Extension at 668-4881 or: mlb222@cornell.edu.

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