Banker goes bald at Clarksville Bowl For Kids' Sake

Jim Durrett having his head shaved.Jim Durrett, vice president of Business Development at First Federal Savings Bank, has his head shaved by Bowl For Kids Sake fundraiser attendees at Skyline Lanes Thursday night. Supervising is Donnie Haskins, Durrett's barber of several decades at A Cut Above.

The parking lot around Skyline Lanes was packed, with makeshift spots in the grass as more people arrived Thursday night to kick off the 29th annual Bowl For Kids' Sake fundraiser.

The three-day event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarksville, which provides support and adult role models to youths ages 6 to 14. Thursday night's efforts raised more than $28,000.

During the event, Jim Durrett, vice president of Business Development of First Federal Savings Bank, had his head shaved, fulfilling a promise to do so if the bank broke a $6,000 fundraiser mark.

"Where's the barber chair?" Durrett asked as he arrived at the bowling center.

Donnie Haskins of A Cut Above barber shop said he's been Durrett's barber since he was 12 years old. Haskins encouraged members of competing F&M Bank to step up and take turns swiping the clippers through Durrett's hair. Locks fell onto the lanes just feet from little brothers and sisters bowling with their mentors.

Durrett said, "They sent out an email at the bank that said last year we raised like $3,000, and I don't know, I was just sitting there in my office and I just didn't think that was enough. I mean, it's such a great cause, and so I just sent an e-mail out to everybody in our bank that said if you raise $5,600 I'll dye my hair blond. And then somebody said, well, if you raise $6,000, he'll shave his head. I said, 'Hey, go for it.' And we did, which is great. It's for a great cause."

Doug Jackson, president of the BBBS Clarksville chapter, said next year he'll shave his head and paint his scalp purple if the banks can exceed $40,000 total. Saturday, March 5, is The Main Event, set to start 9 a.m. at Pinnacle Family Entertainment Center. "Saturday's nuts," Jackson said.