Here's an interesting way to help some local charities: grow a beard or mustache, show it off at a competition and help raise money for a worthy cause.
“When I first grew out a giant beard ten years ago, I got a lotta tisk tisk tisk,” remembers John Buckler.
But now Buckler is getting oo's and ahh's. He's the founder of GAFBO, that's the Great American Fierce Beard Organization. He started the club in 2002 in East Lansing and since then, just like his beard, it's grown to great lengths of popularity and membership.
“If you're going to grow out a giant beard or a glorious mustache, you mind as well do something with it,” said Buckler.
He and about two dozen other fellow facial-hair aficianados like Kevin and Kyle have been. They host local events and competitions throughout the year, raising money to benefit area charities and causes.
The funds this season will go to the Lansing-Otsu Middle School Exchange Program and the Haven House in East Lansing.
“It strengthens our relationships and ties with other people in the community,” said Jeannnine Simpson with Haven House in East Lansing.
“It allows kids and adults educational opportunities, and that's one of the big things GAFBO is a fan of,” said Buckler.
Now Buckler and his bearded buds hope you'll be a fan of their organization, all in an effort to find a fun way to fundraise through facial hair.
“Its changed my life forever for the best,” said Buckler.
If you'd like to support GAFBO, Haven House and the Lansing School District, head down to The Loft in downtown Lansing Saturday night. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10.