Raymore police raise $2,515 for No-Shave November
Raymore police officers quit shaving on Nov. 1 to grow out their beards and mustaches all month to raise cancer awareness and money for No-Shave November.
The nonprofit organization funds programs that support cancer prevention, treatment, research and education. This year’s funded programs are St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Fight Colorectal Cancer and the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
“We have a great support system within our community and it really showed with all of the people who stepped up and helped us reach our fundraising goal for No-Shave November,” Capt. Jimmy Wilson said. “It’s fun to grow the beards, but it’s really heartwarming to know that our citizens care about why we were growing the beards and were able to help us so much.”
Raymore police and their supporters raised $2,515 throughout November, with a rally of supporters donating the final $660 in just a few hours Thursday afternoon and evening to meet and surpass the original $2,500 fundraising goal before the deadline at midnight. Donations were made online on the Raymore Police Department’s No-Shave November webpage.
Each of the 18 participating officers donated at least $25 themselves and raised extra money through friends and family. Progress photos were posted on the department’s Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout November to encourage donations all month long and those who donated could do so in a specific officer’s name or as a general donation to the entire team.
To date, the No-Shave November organization has raised over $3.5 million dollars to combat cancer since starting in 2009.
Police reached their fundraising goal with a few hours to spare on Thursday, Nov. 30, the last day of No-Shave November.