Grow­ing for good

Sher­iff’s Of­fice beards cam­paign raises $17,500

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

— Some of the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputies and cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers who grew beards for the an­nual No Shave Novem­ber fundraiser were un­com­fort­ably aware that their fa­cial hair was real itchy, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the early stages of the grow­ing process.

Those deputies and cor­rec­tional

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ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com of­fi­cers ac­knowl­edged that they aren’t nec­es­sar­ily beard-type guys.

Others, how­ever, rel­ished the month-long respite from daily shav­ing. In fact, ac­cord­ing to them, they likely would sport whiskers all or most of the time if not for a CCSO pol­icy bar­ring deputies and cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers from hav­ing beards, goa­tees and un­kempt mus­taches.

As he did in Novem­ber 2015, when that inau­gu­ral cam­paign raised $5,000 for the Amer­i­can Cancer So­ci­ety, Sher­iff Scott Adams waived that reg­u­la­tion last month for the sake of the an­nual fundraiser.

Whether the deputies and cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers viewed grow­ing beards as an un­com­fort­able, mi­nor sac­ri­fice or as a lib­er­at­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, the bot­tom line is this: With do­na­tions still com­ing in, the lat­est No Shave Novem­ber cam­paign raised at least $17,500 for this year’s ben­e­fi­ciary — Camp Open Arms — more than tripling last year’s to­tal.

“It was a huge suc­cess,” said CCSO Sgt. Michael Kalin­sky, who is as­signed to the agency’s Com­mu­nity

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