As fundraising events go, this one was a cut above the others.

For the ninth year in a row, Osborn Hill School on Wednesday night hosted a St. Baldrick's Foundation event, where more than 100 people had their heads shaved to raise over $123,000 for pediatric cancer research.

"We started it to try and help put an end to childhood cancer, and then it became Teddy's event and now we do it in honor of Teddy," explained Dana Kery, a school parent and volunteer.

Teddy Gerber, an Osborn Hill student, was 8 years old when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. Local Cub and Boy Scouts helped organize the first event to support their friend.

"He used to wear a sweatshirt with a hood," Teddy's father, Bill Gerber, remembered, because he didn't feel comfortable with his hair loss caused by the cancer treatment regimen. After the event in 2010, however, Teddy told him, "Now I can take my hood off because my friends all look like me."

"He passed away later that year, in August, and we decided to make this his legacy," said Bill Gerber, who now serves on the board of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a national nonprofit based in Monrovia, Calif. More than $660,000 has been raised at the "Team Teddy" event in Fairfield since 2010, he said.

Men of all ages filled the school's auditorium, where nine volunteer professional hair stylists worked to shear their heads clean.

There also were three brave young ladies who went under the clippers to do their part for the cause.

"It's interesting to me," said Tatum Holderied, 9, of Fairfield, who did it last year as well. "It's fun, it's exciting and it's for a good cause, and I just like my hair to be short."

"There's lots of little kids that don't have a choice, and Ella and Tatum have a choice to help others," said Ella Deaddio's mother, Lynne.

"I'm proud of my daughter, and my son is doing it as well," she said. "I think it's a great decision."