TC students plan beard fundraiser

These seven Tabor College students have put their beards on the line to raise fund for Jenessa Hlad Scholarship Fund. They are (from left) Wayne Adams, Ryan Lee, Jeremy Davis, Jonathan Gutierrez, Dylan Delk, Jesse Allen and Michael Beye.Jenessa Hlad was a 19-year-old Tabor College student prior to her death in July 2015, and many of her friends continue to think about her often.

One of those is Jeremy Davidson, Student Senate president, who along with the organization has organized a ?Beards for Jenessa Fundraiser.? The goal is to start a memorial scholarship fund in her name.

Tickets for the fundraiser are being sold Jan. 27 at the Bethany basketball games, outside the Tabor College cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2, 9 and 11, and Feb. 13 at the basketball game with Saint Mary University.

?I am good friends with a lot of Jenessa?s friends here at Tabor, so she has been on my mind a lot,? Davidson said.

The idea for a beard fund?raiser came from seeing Brett Kiesel?s ?Shear Da Beard? event to raise money for the Children?s Hospital in Pittsburgh, he said.

?Obviously, people wouldn?t pay money to shave just my beard off, so I had to find more guys,? he said.

He talked several Tabor men into taking part.

?I just asked every guy who had a beard if they wanted to participate and everyone is either a current student or alumni,? David??son said. ?But it?s all purely volunteer.?

Other than the satisfaction of establishing a memorial fund to honor Hlad, the participants gain nothing from their involvement.

?We are guaranteed nine beards, so there will be nine winners to select a beard,? he said.

The number of participants isn?t final though. Davidson said if someone hears about the idea and wants to be included in the fundraiser, he won?t object.

The goal is to raise $300 by selling 150 tickets at $2 each, he said.

Davidson said Jenessa was an athletic training major, and excelled at it. Her passion was the football team, he added, and head athletic trainer Season Graves trusted Hlad to lead at football games when she was absent.

?The scholarship will be for sophomores entering into their junior year as an athletic trainer major to honor Jenessa,? Davidson said.

?Along with excelling in athletic training, she also brought a deep sense of joy to people?s lives,? he said. ?My main interaction with her came in anatomy class, and while she wasn?t particularly thrilled by that class, she was absolutely hilarious.?

Davidson said her presence is what made the class bearable.

?She was so good at relating to people and knowing what to say,? he said.

The beard-shaving will happen after the men?s game. Winners will have a chance to shave a volunteer?s beard off or trim it however they want, Davidson said.

Hillsboro?s Silver Shears Barber Shop will be present to help with the event.

Volunteering for cause are Wayne Adams, Jesse Allen, Charles Beale, Michael Beye, Dylan Delk, Matt Giroux, Jonathan Gutierrez, Ryan Lee and Davidson.

?This scholarship can only say so much about her life, but it?s another step in remembering the permanent impression she left here on so many students,? Davidson said.

For more information or to buy tickets, contact Davidson at jeremym?david?son?@tabor.edu.

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