After no-shave November comes Beards Showcase December! A Utah State University tradition since 2011, the 2016 Beard Showcase will take place on Monday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in the TSC Ballroom on the Taggart Student Center’s second floor. Admission is $5, with tickets available at the door.
Sponsored by the USU Beards for Cancer Club, proceeds of the Beards Showcase benefit local cancer patients. This year, two Cache Valley residents, Erik Gray and Rocio Guadarrama, have been selected to receive donations. Gray is a 22-year-old former USU student who was actively involved with the University’s A-Team, a program which mentors incoming students. He was first diagnosed with salivary gland cancer at age 15 and has temporarily withdrawn from his senior year of college to battle the cancer’s recurrence. Guadarrama, who is originally from Mexico, currently resides in Logan and is a leader in the local Hispanic community. She is a single mother with stage IV breast cancer who has recently undergone extensive surgery.
“These recipients were selected largely because of how much they have contributed to the community,” said Daria Griffith, the Beards for Cancer Club president and PR manager. “Because they’ve given so much, this is our opportunity to give back.”
The Beards for Cancer Club raises funds for its beneficiaries every November. Since its inception, the organization has traditionally operated informally, but the club received an official university charter in 2016 under the non-profit license of the USU Service Center. Griffith, a communication studies and psychology major, became involved in the project this fall when she learned that Beards for Cancer was without a leader.
“I was involved last year and just felt passionately that the Beards Showcase should continue as an Aggie tradition,” she said. “Beards for Cancer is an incredible opportunity that allows a small group of people to do something bigger than ourselves.”
The club has raised nearly $2,000 so far this year with donut sales, taco sales, and hot chocolate sales. All proceeds, including those raised during the Beards Showcase, will be donated to Gray and Guadarrama.
Contestants in the Beards Showcase will compete for themed awards. The event will also feature door prizes and a raffle. Potential Beards Showcase contestants are invited to register via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and may also register at the door.
Beards for Cancer (on Facebook at <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/USUBeardsforCancer/” target=”_blank”>@usubeardsforcancer</a>) is grateful to numerous area businesses for their donations of prizes and food. GoFundMe accounts have been created for <a href=”https://www.gofundme.com/erik-greys-cancer-fundraiser” target=”_blank”>Gray</a> and <a href=”http://%20https//www.gofundme.com/rocio-guadarramas-cancer-funds” target=”_blank”>Guadarrama</a> to supplement the club’s donations.