Hair-Raising Funds: Red Sox Beards To Benefit Charity

November 22, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Even casual viewers of this year’s World Series – won by the Boston Red Sox – could probably tell you this much about the winning team: They have pretty robust beards. Now, for prices that so far have reached $5,400, fans can own trimmings from two of the players’ beards and at the same time help a national men’s health charity.

The team’s motto was Fear The Beards.

Players from the Boson Red Sox have finally shaved off the beards they grew during the team’s 162-game regular season and ensuing playoff run. The shaving company Gillette is planning to auction off hairballs from two of the players. One will come from outfielder Shane Victorino, and the other from World Series MVP David Ortiz.

“We’ve never done anything like this,” Hooman Shahidi, said senior brand manager for Gillette, via a statement. “But their facial hair has been the symbol of the team since spring training and became part of baseball lore. We hope the shavings help raise awareness for important men’s health issues and find good homes with passionate fans.”

The proceeds from the sale of both beards will go to benefit the Movember Foundation, a Culver City, Calif.-based charity that encourages men to shave their beards and moustaches.

“Movember asks all men to shave down completely at the beginning of the month, and we are honored that these shavings will benefit Movember and help change the face of men’s health,” said Mark Hedstrom, lifelong Red Sox fan and US Country Director for Movember.

As of 3:00 p.m. EST on Friday, Ortiz’s beard was listed at $5,400 on eBay, while Victorino’s was going for $1,692. Fans who wish to own a piece of history and donate to charity are encouraged to visit http://bit.ly/1dlOubD for Ortiz’s beard, and http://bit.ly/1bVx2rg for Victorino’s. The winning bidder will also receive the Gillette razor that was used to shave the beards, as well as a certificate of authenticity.

The auctions are slated to end on November 30.

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