Gerber Memorial beard challenge is halfway to birth center fundraising goal
At least 19 Newaygo County men have walked away from their shavers this November – and they’re halfway to the fundraising goal of Beards for Babies, which is raising money for the Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Family Birth Center.
As of the second week of November, Beards for Babies had raised $2,591 toward the $5,000 goal. Men wishing to participate in the fundraiser can still do so by growing a beard and signing up for “Beards for Babies” at
The custom page allows participants to raise funds, by sharing the link and their efforts with friends, family, coworkers and others. Anyone who raises at least $50 qualifies for a showdown of the beards at Lakes 23 Restaurant and Pub on Nov. 29.
“All of us at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial are encouraged to see so many of our friends, neighbors and coworkers give up their shavers and razor blades to raise money for families in our community,” said Spectrum Health Foundation Gerber Memorial Fund Development Director Paul Bedient.
“A bunch of men around Newaygo County may be looking a little grizzled but they’re directly benefitting the more than 500 babies we deliver at Gerber Memorial each year. The money we raise will be used to train and certify an additional lactation consultant as well as provide families with diapers, swaddle sacks and educational safe sleep books.”
Bedient encouraged more men who are thinking of ditching their razors to join the Beards for Babies effort.
In addition to going to the website, people can also donate by texting HEALTH to 41010 to make a $5 donation.
The beard competition at Lakes 23 on Nov. 29 begins at 5:30 p.m., with judging at 6 p.m. The event includes complimentary hors d’ouevres, with a cash bar. Supporters who aren’t participating in Beards for Babies can also join in the fun at Lakes 23 with a $10 ticket. Participants who raise at least $50 get two free entrance tickets.
Those who wish to donate but not participate in the beard growing can also visit the website to make a general donation or find a participant to support. For more information or questions, call 231-924-3681.