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Stephanie Doyle was born and raised in a beach town suburb of Boston and attended a private college in the Augustinian tradition that taught the value and importance of charity and volunteering. Now working in the public relations field and living in Maine Stephanie continues to give her time and support to many worthwhile organizations, such as the Newburyport Literary Festival and the Safe Haven Humane Society, a no-kill cat rescue. For fun, she enjoys relaxing on the beach with a good book or heading out to a Sea Dogs baseball game with family and friends.

Recap: Cuts For A Cause Hosted By 98.5 The Sports Hub And Shawn Thornton Raises $118,000

Shawn Thornton and Maggie (Photo Credit: Andrew Celani)

Shawn Thornton and Maggie (Photo Credit: Andrew Celani)

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Young Bruins players wait for their turn on stage at the ‘Cuts For A Cause’ event in their barber style shirts (Photo Credit: Stephanie Doyle).

In the end, the total amount of money donated to the Floating Children’s Hospital at Tufts Medical Center would total an estimated $118,000, making this year’s event the most successful and set a new record for not only Bruins players participating, 21, but in funds raised as well, approximately $42,000 more than last year’s total.

The crowd was captivated by every Bruins player that took the stage and happily entertained by one half of  98.5 The Sports Hub morning show duo Fred Toucher, from Toucher & Rich.  This family-friendly event offered a warm and festive atmosphere for all in attendance.  It was heart-warming to see so many of the children that have received treatment and care from the Floating Hospital in the audience.  Like Matty and his mom Tina ‘TLC’ Cosentino along with her girlfriend Rita Rankin.  In a sea of Bruins jerseys this pair of girlfriends stood out from the rest with their fabulous sky-high heels, embossed and personalized just for them with Bruins logos.  These amazing pumps were hard to miss and the pair actually met years ago when Rita, a Bruins fan that travelled all the way from Edmonton, Canada to attend a game and stopped Tina to compliment her on her great shoes.   Now, years later, the ladies are attending this amazing charity event together and looking great doing it!

Cuts Big Stage

Shawn Thornton on stage at the ‘Cuts For A Cause’ event in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel (Photo Credit: Stephanie Doyle).

Later, Bruins Forward Shawn Thornton explained why he has chosen to attach his name to this event; ‘This was an easy choice; shave your head to raise a ton of money for kids.’  In fact, it was a young child who had the honor of shaving Shawn’s head that day.  At only six years old, Maggie won the hearts of the crowd when she took the buzz clippers to her friend and favorite Bruins player’s head.  Eventually she happily settled onto Shawn’s lap while he finished his haircut and perhaps the most adorable moment from the event was seeing her carried off stage in his arms.  Maggie is one of the many children that have directly benefited from the services provided by the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.  Tufts Medical Center CEO, Craig T. Williams, explained on-stage the importance of events like ‘Cuts For A Cause’ during his haircut, ‘The Floating Hospital program is 100% funded by donations and dependent on events such as this.’

There was a silent auction also set up on site so that fans could place bids to win some incredible prizes or experiences, such as a signed copy of the book Orr: My Story by the player many consider the greatest to have ever played the game, former Bruins defense men, Bobby Orr.

All proceeds earned from this event will be donated to the Shawn Thornton Foundation, the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.

Shawn Thornton gets cut for a cause (Photo Credit: www.bostonglobe.com)

Shawn Thornton gets cut for a cause (Photo Credit: www.bostonglobe.com)

Bruins BFF

Good friends Tina ‘TLC’ Cosentino & Rita Rankin showing off their Bruins style at the ‘Cuts For A Cause’ event (Photo Credit: Stephanie Doyle).

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