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United Bank Employee Shaves Head After Meeting Fundraising Goal

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An Albemarle County man is making a bold - and bald - statement to help save young lives. Thursday, Scott Toney shed his locks to raise money and awareness for children's health.

Toney promised customers and coworkers at United Bank in Albemarle County that he would shave his head in the bank if they raised more than $750 for March of Dimes.

"I didn't think it would be that big of a deal," said Toney.

The idea sparked an ongoing conversation with his co-workers.

"When he volunteered to do this, me and another girl that work here jumped for joy, we were like 'yes let's do this, let's get him to shave his head'," said Kelly Workman, United Bank employee.

It also interested United Bank customers.

"Once we told them that I was going to be shaving my head, suddenly, they were thinking about donating before but they suddenly, instead of putting down $5, they would put down $20," said Toney.

Toney even threw in a bonus deal - if they raised more than a $1,000, the goatee would go too.

The team ultimately raised more than $1,020 for March of Dimes, which will have a huge impact on the community.

"You never know when something is going to go wrong or have a complication with a pregnancy and it's just nice to know that there is someone out there that is willing to help," said Tracy Ladd, owner of Tracy's Hair & Nails who volunteered to cut Toney's hair.

Toney, who has a 3-year-old daughter and a son on the way, says he's honored to make this change for children in need.

"The things that we do during the day to donate or to help people out - it's the most important parts of our day," said Toney.

Toney says the idea is even catching on beyond his branch. Next year, customers might just be able to see bankers at every United Bank branch shaving their heads to help children in need.

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