ALTON — Alton barber Wayne Hensley has called a small corner of the Mineral Springs Mall home for the last 34 years. Having been a barber for more than 50 years, Hensley has seen it all in the historic (and rumored to be haunted) building.
On Friday, Hensley helped Alton attorney John Simmons keep his word by giving him a clean shave after growing his beard since No Shave November. During the American Cancer Society gala in February, for the sake of a cause that is near and dear to his heart, Simmons auctioned the right to shave his beard to raise money for cancer research.
“They asked if I would be willing to help; of course, I said yes,” Hensley said. “Not too many barbers who use straight razors anymore; I prefer the classic style myself. I’m happy to help such a noble cause.”
Who won the auction to shave Simmons’ beard? John Barnard and Ted Gianaris were the highest bidders, but thought it was best to let a professional handle the dirty work (a wise choice, considering they are employed by Simmons).
Brett Schuette from the American Cancer Society was on hand to witness the 3- to 4-inch beard be removed by Hensley’s steady hands.
The American Cancer Society annual gala, hosted by the Simmons, Hanley and Conroy national complex litigation firm, raised more than $323,000 for cancer research in February.