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Beards break bank for BCM

January 29, 2015

 

Brandon Bowles’s beard fetched over $800 at the BCM auction– Photo by Brian Blakely

Brandon Bowles’s beard fetched over $800 at the BCM auction– Photo by Brian Blakely

CATHERINE BURKE

Staff Reporter

 

Sixteen male members of the BCM have worked for months to grow out their beards for the BCM’s annual beard auction held on Jan. 20.

 

The bidding started at $50 and beards were sold for anywhere from $100-$850.

 

Meleah Nunn, said the event has been going on for more years than she can remember.

 

“Every year it’s always a big hit,” said Nunn, a BCM volunteer. “People are just really entertained by it and it’s a lot of fun to watch.”

 

Nunn said the men’s beards look much different after being shaved than they do before.

 

“Whoever wins the bidding on a certain beard gets to shave whatever they want into it,” she said. “Some people just shave it completely off, some get a little crazy with designs.”

 

Nunn said the money raised goes toward a good cause.

 

“All the money from the biddings goes toward our members who are looking to go on mission trips this upcoming summer,” she said. “The funds from auctions like this really make things happen for our members.”

 

Scott Felder, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, was a participant in the auction.

 

 Tyler Scroggs has a heart shaved into his beard by Corey Zimmerman, a senior communication major–Photo by Brian Blakely

Tyler Scroggs has a heart shaved into his beard by Corey Zimmerman, a senior communication major–Photo by Brian Blakely

“I haven’t fully shaved since June,” he said, “I’ve touched it up a bit, but not since October.”

 

Felder said he was looking forward to participating in the auction.

 

“I really wanted to do it last year but something came up and I didn’t,” he said. “I saw last year how much money it raised and wanted to be a part of it and help out such a good cause.”

 

Tyler Cloud said he participated in the auction to help contribute to those looking to go on mission trips.

 

“I’ve been growing my beard out for about three months,” said Cloud, a freshman wildlife habitat management major. “I just wanted to help raise money for mission work and help spread the word of God to where ever and whom ever we can.”

 

The beard that earned the most belonged to Brandon Bowles, a senior mechanical engineering major. His beard went for $850. The auction raised a grand total of $4,455.

 

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