Bearded Vermonters raise over 60K for Make-A-Wish

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BURLINGTON — Make-A-Wish Vermont recently announced that their annual fundraiser, the Vermont Beardies, has raised over $60,000.00.

Since January, bearded Vermonters have been turning their whiskers into wishes by gathering online donations via

A total of 97 contestants, or Beardos, as Make-A-Wish calls them, entered the contest and more than 700 individuals donated to Make-A-Wish Vermont in their names.

All funds will be used to help grant the wishes of Vermont children battling life-threatening illnesses.

While the in-person finals where the “Best Beard in Vermont” will be chosen had to be postponed due to the coronavirus, the fundraiser is already a success, beating last year’s record by nearly $10,000.

“We’re blown away by people’s generosity, particularly during such an uncertain time,” Said James Hathaway, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Vermont. “Once again our community of support has gone above and beyond to make sure wishes come true.”

Beardo Randy Locke raised nearly $6,500 and attributed his success to caring family and friends.

“I’ve had my beard for 35 years, so I figured I might as well do something with it, and what’s better than helping kids?” Locke said.

The top 25 fundraisers will be invited to the finals to compete for the title of Best Beard in Vermont.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, that date has not yet been announced.