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Novembeard raises money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Hospice and Palliative Care Program.

We’ve all heard of No Shave November and Movember – but Nationwide Children’s Hospital Hospice and Palliative Care Program is upping their fundraising game with Novembeard. 

“Grow a beard, make a difference,” says Planning Committee Member Zac Cooperrider. 

Novembeard is about people raising money for the Hospital and Palliative Care Program where participants have their own fundraising pages and use it to solicit donations and attend events. 

“We have the Novembeard Ale brewed by North High Brewing,” says Cooperrider. “It can be found at North High as well as participating locations around town throughout the month.”

Those participating in Novembeard fall into one of these categories:

  • Bearders – Grow a beard during the month and use this as a billboard to raise donations
  • Legacy – Have a beard already and use it to raise money (save it or shave it fundraising competition)
  • Supporter – No facial hair necessary, but like raising money for a great cause

The history of Novembeard dates back to 2011 when it was founded by David Rhodeback and several other Nationwide Insurance associates. 

“It started off with a group of like-minded Nationwide employees who wanted to get involved and make a difference in their community,” says Cooperrider. “Taking the idea of Movember (which usually goes to Men’s Health charities) and instead raising money to benefit children for whom cure is beyond reach.”

According to Cooperrider, Novembeard has raised more than $150,000 through its partnership with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, Pleasure Guild. This year, the fundraising goal is $40,000.

The Shave Off Party at Fado Irish Pub at Easton is coming up November 29, and Holy Moses will be there shaving the beards.

To learn more about Novembeard, click here or follow along on Facebook.


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