Beards BeCAUSE

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I used to think that having to consistently shave my legs was annoying... but at least we women don’t have to shave our faces. Thus, we need not complain. I’m sorry boys — that sucks for you.

But a group of guys, led by Jared Yerg and Scott Doerr, stopped shaving all together and grew beards — not just because — but for the purpose of raising money for the United Family Services Shelter for Battered Women in Charlotte.

The men jeopardized having an itchy face and getting potato chips stuck in their facial hair for the sake of helping women... proof that although endangered, chivalry is not yet extinct.

Over two months of “manscaping” and fundraising, Beards BeCAUSE raised over $33,000.

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And they went out with a bang (as in Bang Bang Salon shaving beards) at their Grand Finale party at Amos' SouthEnd.

The Grand Finale party included music by the Truckstop Preachers, Belmont Playboys, Tommy Ray & The Rayguns and The Bo Stevens... not to mention a Battle of the Beards.

Between all the men that participated in the charity Chia pet contest, awards went to the Grizzliest Adams, Patch Adams, Grayest Adams and to the beard that brought in the most bread. And despite the fact I have no knowledge about growing facial hair, I was one of the judges — along with the Observer’s Crystal Demphsey, Sarah Aarthurn and Style Editor Rachael Sutherland, as well as Ramona whose co-host Matt was among the bearded men.

For the grizzliest awards I was thinking grizzly... like a bear. I wanted them all to growl at me so I could assess their “bear-ness..”

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Although the organizers Jared and Scott raised the most money and perhaps the most hair, they were omitted from the rewards — the award for the most money went to my vote for the Patch Adams as he literally had patches in his mane. But it went to a guy who only grew a nub of a patch on his chin.

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As for the silver shag — the award went to Santa. He opted not to shave his beard at the makeshift salon at Amos' however. He had a beard since '78 and shaved it off for the sake of the charity. That definitely puts him on his own nice list. And he even took his trophy to the car because he didn’t want to hurt anyone. They were sharp.

Cheers to Amos' for its bar tab operation. Rather than just shouting out your name, or someone else’s name as they’re trying to avoid, they give you a number for which you just hold up when you want to order another round and the bartender’s then put it on your tab. The only other place I’ve seen that is the Windjammer in Charleston and I think more bars should follow this procedure... wouldn’t you agree?

Most random thing I heard all evening: “Your beard really brings out your eye shadow and boots.”

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And the most random thing I saw...

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Speaking of random… check out Amos' band schedule. Random, yet awesome!

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