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Beards grow money for mission trips

January 30, 2014

 

Robert Billeaud’s beard raised $450 for missions last week. – Submitted photo

Robert Billeaud’s beard raised $450 for missions last week. – Submitted photo

Allison East
News Editor

 

The beards of No Shave November may raise awareness, but at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, those overgrown beards also raise dollars.

 

The BCM held its annual beard auction Jan. 21 to raise money for missions.

 

Dawson Shannon, a sophomore political science major, said he started growing out his beard Dec. 14, 2012, in preparation for the event.

 

“The first two months was normally how long I’d grow, and after that I was like, ‘Wow, I’m really doing this,’” he said. “Really it was just people telling me I wouldn’t do it or I couldn’t do it, so I was like, ‘fine then.’”

 

Shannon’s one year, one month and one week of beard growth turned into a $1,000 profit.

 

“I didn’t know what to expect going into it,” he said. “I was hoping for at least $800. It got to about $700, and I said if it got to $1,000 I’d shave my whole head.”

 

Shannon’s money contributed to the night’s earnings, which BCM mission team leader and junior math major Emily Hinton said totaled $10,500, a great improvement from last year.

 

“Last year’s raised, I think, $4,500,” she said. “The three fundraisers we have each year are dinner auction, pie auction and beard auction, and I think last year with pie auction and beard auction, we totaled about $10,000, so with the beard auction being over $10,000 itself, it’s kind of crazy.”

 

Hinton said the money earned goes toward a state missions fund which is distributed to students going on missions overseas for more than two weeks, and Shannon said he has been a beneficiary of the funds.

 

“Over the summer I went to Kazakhstan, and $1,000 of that was paid for through stuff like this,” he said. “Over Christmas break I went to China, and $1,000 of that was paid for. It all adds up.”

 

Hinton said a great turnout was part of the event’s success.

“I don’t think we’ve had that many participants before,” she said. “I thought it was a really good turnout.”

 

Seong Park, a sophomore accounting major, came with a group of friends to bid on one of the 22 beards up for auction.

 

“We collected money to buy my friend Evan,” he said. “We were kind of nervous we wouldn’t win, but someone else donated money at the last second.”

 

Winners had the chance to shave the beards they won into any shape they wanted, and participants were required to keep the style for 24 hours.

 

“We shaved my friend’s beard into a mutton chop/mustache combo and gave him wing tips,” Park said. “It was really funny.”

 

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