Passion for St. Baldrick’s: Shipwreck Bar & Grill

Emily Brown, Yearbook Editor in Chief

   Live music, laughter, games and prizes filled Shipwreck Bar & Grill in Griffith, IN the night of March 9, 2023. Guests gathered from 6 pm to 8 pm to celebrate the star of the show, Kai Blankenship (12) for his 10th year of shaving his head for the children’s cancer fundraiser, St. Baldricks. 

   “I was so grateful for the turnout. I love that so many people came together for such a great cause. Everyone in my community has made it possible for me to raise $50,000 over the course of 10 years for St. Baldrick’s. This cause is so much bigger than me and I’m honored that I have been able to be a part of it for so long,” Blankenship said. 

   Children were able to play games in the sideroom while live music was enjoyed in the main room with a bar and dining room available for serving food. Raffle tickets were sold if donated to Blankenship’s fundraiser. Baskets such as: Crumbl Cookie, Jim Beam, Northwest Indiana Martial Arts Academy, NOW Yoga Studio and many more. 

   “I really was not expecting to win a basket. I was there to volunteer and bought $5 worth of tickets for fun. You should’ve heard my live reaction,” Ines Caballes (12) said. 

   Live music was performed by Blankenship’s father, Neil Blankenship. Auctions were held to pie Blankenship in his face. As well as his mother, Kristi Blankenship, and her Kolling Elementary students to pie each other. 

   “With the shipwreck money added, my total will be $54,003 assuming no one else donates,” Blankenship said.