Beard fundraiser collects $2,000

Senior chemical engineering major Isaac Ref with half of his beard shaved. Photo by Logan Staley

The Baptist Collegiate Ministry raised around $2000 at its annual beard auction on Nov. 27.

The beard auction is where the BCM has students auction off their hair or beards to raise money for missions. The highest bidder shaves the participant’s hair and participants must keep it that way for 24 hours. The proceeds go toward students’ missions.

“I chose to participate in the beard auction in order to help raise money for the support of summer missionaries. Even though I look about 10 years younger without a beard, it was worth it to help send Christians on mission for the purpose of spreading the gospel to every tribe and nation,” Isaac Reff, senior chemical engineering major, said.

This event also gives participants an opportunity to share their faith with their teachers and classmates. 

“It’s a community building experience for a good cause—great conversation developer among students in the BCM and on campus with people who are curious as to why, and you have a chance to share,” BCM director Ben Maddox said.