We believe that fundraising requires planning, passion, and most importantly – creativity. What our friends, Lindsy and her husband William Wallace, did was brilliant. They brought in their friends, family, and even strangers into a marital dispute over his growing beard. Lindsy was not a fan of the beard which had been growing for a year. As one of their final fundraisers to bring home their daughter, Glory, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, they launched “Beard for Glory” to let the the people decide on the fate of the beard. To beard or not to beard, that was the question? It would be determined by the crowd through their fundraiser. What’s great is that they funneled all donations through a matching grant so that every donation was doubled. The fundraiser brought in over $4,600!
The excerpt below was written by Lindsy Wallace from lightbreaksforth.com and re-posted here with permission.
My husband has the God-given ability to grow an “epic” beard.
I didn’t know this until last year when he grew out his beard for 12 full months. Said beard then took on it’s own persona. I couldn’t go anywhere with the beard without hearing “man, that beard is epic” or “great beard” from every other man the beard and I encountered.
I’m all for beards but I prefer my husband and being married to the beard got a little, well, hairy. I was thankful when the one year mark arrived and the beard had a long dicey encounter with a razor.
The beard has been gone for barely two months and my hubby is already longing for it’s return. So I thought, “How can a girl make the most of this legendary facial hair?”
And Beard for Glory was born.
Here’s the deal folks – we’re letting you in on a little marital wager. (Are we the only ones who do this when there is a disagreement? The wager part not the public on the blog marital disagreement part.)
$5 buys you one day – beard or no beard. On Valentine’s Day, whoever has the most “days”, or votes, wins. The beard grows or it goes. And ALL the money gets us closer to bringing our little girl Glory home.
Follow the Wallace’s adoption journey at lightbreaksforth.com