LAND O’ LAKES — Kenny Blankenship vowed more than five years ago that he would not cut his hair until Pasco teachers and other school employees received raises.
Finally, his lengthy and bushy ponytail is about to come off because the school board recently approved a contract that gives employees their first raises since 2007.
Blankenship, a vice president with United School Employees of Pasco, is making the shearing of his locks a public event that will double as a charitable effort.
His hair will be cut at what is being billed as the Mane Event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Groves Golf and Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle, Land O’ Lakes.
The event is free, but those who attend can make a $10 donation for a chance to cut the ponytail. The money raised will go to a USEP scholarship fund. Blankenship also plans to donate the ponytail to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that donates hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who suffer long-term hair loss from a medical condition.
Among those expected to attend the Mane Event are school board Chairwoman Cynthia Armstrong and board member Steve Luikart.
Those who cannot attend but still want to donate to the scholarship fund can send donations to: United School Employees of Pasco, P.O. Box 1098, Land O’ Lakes 34639.