It was hard not to notice the vast abundance of scruffy beards and mangy mustaches among the male population here at the Academy in the past month. This facial hair madness was all part of “No Shave November,” a fundraiser for Fields of Growth. Fields of Growth is a foundation centered in Uganda committed to fostering positive social impact through global leadership development, service to others, and growing the sport of lacrosse.
The mastermind behind this fundraiser at Pace was junior Matthew Tanenblatt. “It all started when Mr. Hall came up to me at the beginning of the year,” he said, “He thought the beard rule was dumb and he wanted me to help change it. I thought that No Shave November would be the perfect way for people to see that you don’t always look disgusting with a beard and at the same time raise money for an organization that is very important to me.”
The money from No Shave November will contribute to Fields of Growth’s most recent campaign, dream2014, to raise $200,000 to send the Uganda national lacrosse team to the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, as well as build schools and provide for the hungry in Uganda. “So far we have raised $600 through the bake sale and the $10 fee to enter the No Shave November challenge,” said Matt, “My original goal was to raise $500, so I am very happy.” There were seventeen entries in the contest. “I think that Mr. Hall, Bobby Stonecipher and Dean Papastrat have the best beards, with Dylan Steinfeld and Robert Farinella in a close second,” Matt said.