Police Departments’ Kick Off ‘No Shave November’ Fundraiser for Cancer Center

By Yvonne Marcotte
Yvonne Marcotte
Yvonne Marcotte
November 6, 2015 Updated: November 6, 2015

PORT JERVIS—Officers at three police departments will grow beards to raise funds for the Spagnoli Family Cancer Center at Orange Regional Medical Center.

The No Shave November fundraising initiative honors all cancer survivors, especially Port Jervis coach Luann McCarthy.

Members of the Port Jervis City Police, Town of Deerpark Police, and the Eastern Pike Regional Pennsylvania Police will maintain grooming standards for officers as they grow their beards.

During the month of November, officers will be permitted to participate in the No Shave November initiative to increase awareness by embracing the growth of hair in order to evoke conversation and educate about cancer prevention, save lives and support those fighting the battle against cancer.

The money usually spent on shaving and grooming for a month will be donated to a cancer program or cause to assist with education about cancer prevention. 

Officers participating in the fundraising and awareness campaign encourage all in the community to participate by growing a beard, cultivating a mustache, skip shaving the legs, and canceling waxing appointments. However, if letting all your hair grow is not possible, they are accepting donations of any amount to sponsor and or support their commitment to No Shave November.

The goal of No-Shave November, according to its website, “is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free.”

The rules of No-Shave November are simple: put down your razor for 30 days and donate your monthly hair-maintenance expenses to the cause. Strict dress-code at work? Don’t worry about it! We encourage participation of any kind; grooming and trimming are perfectly acceptable.

On the national level, the fundraiser is working with the American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation on behalf of the Departments participating in this initiative can do so by visiting the Port Jervis Police Department headquarters, located at 20 Hammond Street, Port Jervis, NY, or by mail to the same address. Make checks payable to the “Port Jervis PBA.”

To contact this reporter, please email yvonne.marcotte@epochtimes.com.