York City Mayor Michael Helfrich finally gets a haircut... for charity

Matt Enright
York Dispatch

It's a little more than "a bit off the top." 

York City Mayor Michael Helfrich has a new look thanks to barber Patrick Winter at the city's World A Cuts Barber Institute.

Mayor Michael Helfrich, hair down before his cut by World A Cuts Barber Institute president and CEO Patrick Winter. Helfrich got the cut after anonymous donors gave $10,000 to St. Baldrick's Foundation, which raises funds for cancer research.

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The reason for the mayor's first haircut in two years?

Helfrich, known for his long, flowing locks, had them shorn Tuesday as part of a fundraising effort. He raised $10,000 — supplemented by $100 from World A Cuts — for St. Baldrick's Foundation, a childhood cancer charity.

He'll also be donating his freshly shorn locks to Hair We Share, which makes wigs for those with involuntary baldness as the result of a medical condition.

"It feels good, feels freeing," Helfrich said after the cut. "I have to get used to the look." 

A newly shorn Mayor Michael Helfrich poses with World A Cuts Barber Institute president and CEO Patrick "Kevin" Winter. In addition to cutting the mayor's hair, the Barber Institute donated $100 to St. Baldrick's Foundation.

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The mayor said more St. Baldrick's cutting events are planned in April for the city's police and firefighters.

Winter said it was an honor to be selected to cut the mayor's hair. It wasn't just a haircut, but a teachable moment: as Winter took off Helfrich's hair, he spoke to his students at The Barber Institute, telling them why he had chosen certain tools over others.

"I like to give back," he said.

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York City Mayor Michael Helfrich has a new look thanks to barber Patrick Winter, at the city's World A Cuts Barber Institute.

Matt Enright can be reached via email at menright@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @Matthew_Enright.