“Cover Your Chin marks five years of growing and giving”
Source: The Star Democrat
EASTON — Cover Your Chin for Charity raised nearly $30,000 this year and has collected and donated more than $100,000 in its first five years, organizers said in a press release.
Ron Vener, a teacher at Wye River Upper School, was crowned this year’s “King” after raising more than $5,000 from more than 90 donations, the highest one-man total in event history.
Donations raised this year benefitted Kids, Pets and Vets, the group said. The MCTC Veterans Fund was given $11,200; CarePacks of Talbot County, $9,285; Tree of Life, $4,235; and the Nate Southworth Humanitarian Fund, $4,150.
Cover Your Chin for Charity was started by Andrew Southworth, Joel Shilliday, and Adam Theeke as a fun way to bring friends together, grow some facial hair and compete for a good cause. The charity fund is operated through the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. To enter, a contestant has only to register on the website, decide their growth category, and raise money towards one or all of the charities. It has grown into an annual event that is loved by the men and tolerated by the ladies, organizers said.
This year’s closing ceremony — “known as the best party of the year,” according to organizers — brought hundreds of donors to the Waterfowl building in Easton on Jan. 20 for a fantastic evening of entertainment. Dozens of growers strutted their stuff on the stage for the judges and the crowd.
• Existing beard — Howard Bogac;
• Best mustache — Mike Harris and Clay Buritsch;
• Best partial beard — Ron Engle (an Easton councilman);
• Full beard — Josh Clow, with an amazing Hank Williams Jr. impression.
For more information, go to http://coveryourchin.com.