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Beards for Hope 2016

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The 2016 Beards for Hope fundraiser was a big success! Thank you to everyone who fundraised, submitted photos, donated, and voted. We were astonished by our participants' fine-looking faces, and more than 200 people voted on their hairy mugs in all their glory. Here are the winners:

  • Most Likely to Lose Something in Their Beard: Steve Miller
  • Thin Beard/Big Heart Award: Seth Lundahl for Team Spence
  • Rough & Scruffy Award: Paul Milliner
  • Andy’s Ugliest Beard Award: Jason Laveck
  • Best of Show: Zo DeMuro

Beards for Hope raised more than $16,000 for lung cancer research in 2016! Our top fundraising team was Team Spence with $10,805, and our top individual fundraiser was Ian McCauley with $1,290. 

Watch for details for the 2017 contest this fall!

How it works

  1. Register for free as an individual or as a team in October and begin your fundraising efforts!
  2. Starting November 1, submit check-in photos/videos throughout the month on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #beardsforhope and remind people to support you in your fundraising efforts. Your posts will show up in a feed on this page!
  3. You'll earn excellent fundraising rewards when you reach $100, $500 and $1,000 in donations.
  4. You can also win awesome prizes! In addition to the Top Fundraising Individual and Top Fundraising Team, voting will be open for fun categories such as the ones we recognized in 2016.
  5. All money raised directly funds lung cancer research through Free to Breathe.

Fundraising info

Registration is free! Raise $100 for lung cancer research and you’ll receive a Beards for Hope t-shirt. Other prizes are offered for the $500 and $1,000 level!

Corporate Teams: Get your workplace involved in a fundraising event that encourages some good old-fashioned team building. Download a starter kit here.

Mail-In Forms


Beards for Hope was founded by Andy Spence, who lost his mother, Laurie, to lung cancer in 2010. In it's first 4 years, Andy raised $44,000 for lung cancer research. Then, in 2014, Andy joined forces with Free to Breathe, bringing this campaign's grand total to over $100,000. Read Andy's story here.

2015: 2014:
87 participants 96 participants
almost $20,000 raised over $39,000 raised
Best Beard Winner:Brendon Stiles  
People's Choice: Jason Laveck  


Sara Peterson
Events Manager
Phone: (608) 828-8833
Fax: (608) 833-7906
1 Point Place, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53719

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