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Bearduary raises $868 for Relay

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By Kathryn Jacewicz, Staff writer

BOLIVIA—The first-ever Bearduary, sponsored by the Brunswick County Schools’ Relay for Life team, raised a total of $868.

“We were thinking if we raised $500, it would be a success,” Darrell Cheers, testing and assessments director and the team’s organizer, said.

The concept for the fundraiser “just came to me one day,” Cheers said, as he was thinking of a fundraiser that would not cost a lot of money or take up a lot of time.

The rules were simple—participants were to go the entire month of February without shaving. The entry fee was $10, and women co-sponsored some of the male participants for an additional $10. If the men broke the rules and shaved early, they paid $1 per day left in the month.

Of the 11 participants, only two ended up dropping out of the competition. Terry Chestnutt, assistant superintendent of human resources, chose to shave early on and paid a $21 fine.

“It was just itching so badly, and I developed a rash,” Chestnutt said.

David Cupolo, principal at Bolivia Elementary School, shaved about halfway through the month. All other participants made it throughout the end of the month and were then up for judging.

All votes cost $1 each, and there was no limit or rules attached. Doyle Overcash, of the capital projects and planning department, won the first-ever Bearduary with a total of 298 votes.

“It sounded like a good excuse not to shave,” Overcash said of his reason for entering the competition.

Overcash said he was “very surprised” to be named the winner, but the other participants aren’t accepting the final results.

“It was fixed,” Leonard Jenkins, technology director, said.

Less Tubb, director of career and technical education, came in second place with 198 votes and Chris Coughlin, data manager, came in third with 109 votes.

“It’s been fun, Jill Eubanks, official vote counter, said. “It’s been a challenge to keep the men from shaving.”

Cheers said everyone “had a lot of fun with it,” and the competition will most likely be back next year. Voting only lasted two days, but voting may be expanded next year in order for more people to have a chance to vote.

The team is planning a chili cook-off later this month. For $5, you can come sample the different chilis that will be judged by a “celebrity” panel. More details will be available in the upcoming weeks.