SEMA President Chris Kersting Challenges Industry, Agrees to Shave His Head

  Mike Spagnola, Chris Kersting
  Last year, Street Scene President Mike Spagola (left), here with SEMA President/CEO Chris Kersting, shaved his head for charity after the SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser. Is it Kersting's turn this year?

Mike Spagnola, president of Street Scene Equipment and a key SEMA Show ‘N Shine car show organizer, is encouraging all members of the industry to step up and answer SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting’s head-shaving challenge. Following the example of several principals from last year’s Show ‘N Shine and Pinewood Drag Races, including Spagnola and SEMA Cares Committee Chairman Joel Ayres, Kersting has agreed to shave his head to benefit the Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp children’s charities.

But Kersting has agreed to mow his locks only if industry folks can raise $10,000 by Friday.

“We need to do this,” Spagnola says, noting that Kersting’s shearing would happen following the SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser, Friday night, July 23—which leaves little time to commit your pledge!

“It’s summer, it’s hot, and it’s for a great cause," Kersting says. "It could be a scary sight. Maybe we need a competing challenge at $15,000 to NOT shave my head!"

If you’d like to contribute to these two children’s charities, or just want to see Chris in a snappy military cut, e-mail your pledge amount to