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Be sure to check out the online beard-growing contest that’s now well underway. Tree and Leaf Clothing is running the contest, which has become an annual event. Go to the beard contest section of Tree and Leaf’s web site to view a fine array of aspiring beard growers. Beard growth updates are posted weekly. Be sure to click on “Read More” on each week’s update to see the photos.
UPDATE, October 2016: Beard contest links are now missing in action and have been removed. You can still find Tree and Leaf Clothing at their web site: http://www.treeandleafclothing.com .
Phill has written in to tell of his outstanding beard’s upcoming disappearance. But before it disappears, he’s taking votes on what to do with the beard. The voting goes to support a charity that Phill has selected. You may vote through September 30th, 2010. See below for all the information.
After it’s all done, though, I think Phill should grow that full beard back again!
Here is Phill’s message:
I hail from London, England and, as happens to many of us, I’ve decided that it’s time for the beard to go, but not before one last hurrah!
In a nutshell, I’m shaving off more than a year’s worth of hair and four month’s of beard for charity, a homeless charity, Centrepoint – partly on the basis that I look like a homeless person, if I’m honest…
But there’s a twist.
I have to go through an intermediate stage that will look ridiculous/spectacular – and I don’t get to choose what that is, Joe Public does.
And I’ve invited almost everyone I know and everyone they know to submit ideas for how to shape/shave my beard and hair – anything goes (that I’m actually capable of.)
More than 80 ideas from nearly 1,000 people have been shortlisted to five and these are now online for people to vote and donate as of today. The one that gets the most donations is the one I have to sport for a week, at work from October 1st.
So, whatever they vote for, I have to go through with… and every vote is by way of a donation.
It would be great if you wanted to share this with your readers, Facebook, Twitter – anything to get some expert opinion involved.
There’s still time to grow a beard to support charities during the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Click on the image above to see the official television spot on YouTube. Here’s the press release:
HOCKEY FANS INVITED TO “GROW ONE FOR THE TEAM”
Goal to Raise One Million Dollars for Charity
This season, hockey fans across the United States will be sporting their very own playoffs beards. In addition to participating in a great hockey tradition, they will also be raising money for charities across the county.
The Beard-a-thon® program was launched last year when nine NHL clubs raised a combined $350,000 for charity. This season, the goal is to raise $1 million dollars with twelve NHL clubs participating.
Participants in the Beard-a-thon invite family, friends, and business associates to pledge their playoff beards. By receiving pledges, participants promise not to shave until their team wins the Stanley Cup or is eliminated from the playoffs. Fans who are unwilling, or unable, to grow playoffs beards, can also pledge their favorite player, other local celebrities, or build their own beard with the “Build-a-Beard” web application.
Last season, over 8,000 fans nationwide participated in the Beard-a-thon with former NHL player, and current Director of Development for the Boston Bruins Foundation, Bob Sweeney leading all beard growers by raising over $21,000 for charity. Other celebrity beard growers last season included NHL Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux and the lead singer of the Dropkick Murphys, Ken Casey.
“The intensity, both on and off the ice, goes to a whole new level in the playoffs. The Beard-a-thon gives fans a chance show their passion and raise money for charity,” stated John Cimperman, the Principal of Cenergy, a New York based sports marketing agency that manages the program. Cimperman added, “Last season, the Penguins led all teams in fundraising and also hoisted the Stanley Cup. Coincidence, we think not. It is the power of the beard.”
This season’s participating clubs are the Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Redwings, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, Washington Capitals, and defending Stanley Cup and Beard-a-thon Champion, Pittsburgh Penguins. A ‘just fans’ site was also created for fans without a team in the playoffs. Proceeds from this site will benefit Hockey Fights Cancer™, a joint initiative by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
For more information on the Beard-a-thon, log onto www.beardathon.com [Link currently out of service]. All donations to Beard-a-thon are tax deductible.
About the Playoff Beard
A playoff beard is the superstitious practice of a National Hockey League player not shaving his beard during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The player stops shaving when his team enters the playoffs and does not shave until his team is eliminated or wins the Stanley Cup. It is believed that the four-time Stanley Cup Champion New York Islanders started the tradition in the 1980s. In recent years, other sports and other players have claimed the playoff beard tradition, but it is, and always will be, a hockey tradition.
Take a stand! Be a man! Grow a beard! Win big prizes!
Following up on their Super Bowl “Man’s Last Stand” commercial, Dodge is sponsoring a “Super Beard Bowl” competition: the Super Beard Contest! Beards of all ages, shapes, and sizes will face off to find a true champion. The prize for winner is a trip for two to the Dodge Motorsports Race of the winner’s choice. Other prizes include Dodge SRT track experiences and Dodge prize packs.
To compete, click on the image above to go to the Super Beard Contest page and enter. Participants must upload a clean shaven photo at the start. Contestants must also upload a final beard-growth photo by the end date of the contest, which is March 21st, 2010.
Registered competitors are welcome to submit photos here to help rally supporters in their bid for the win.
Congratulations to David Traver for winning first place in the Freestyle Full Beard category as well as overall World Beard Champion! I extend my hearty congratulations to the winners in all the other categories and to all of the competitors as well.
Special congratulations go to John of Georgia from our beards of the world gallery for winning third place in the Full Beard Garibaldi category. Congratulations, John! Here is a photo of John taken well before the 2009 championships:
You, the esteemed readers of beards.org, are invited to vote and comment on the beards in SmartTix’ office beard contest. Click on the photos above to go to the voting site. There you will find a link to photos of the contestants.
UPDATE: Contest’s over. Links removed. Thanks for your participation!
What are you waiting for? Make plans right now to compete in the Super Bowl of beard competitions: the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships! And if you cannot or prefer not to compete, then go as a spectator and enjoy all the fun. The event runs from May 20th through May 24th, 2009 in Anchorage, Alaska. The championships are hosted by the South Central Alaska Beard and Moustache Club. Go to their site right now to register and get your tickets!