This November, three law enforcement agencies in the Wasatch Back allowed their employees to go scruffy. No shaving. No trimming. Just big, bushy beards to raise money for The Utah 1033 Foundation. And the final tallies were amazing!

  • Park City Police Department: $438
  • Heber City Police Department, with corporate sponsors Rooftop Anchor, Inc. and MIRO Industries: $1650
  • Summit County Sherriff’s Department, with a matching grant from individual sponsors Ed and Peggy Esber: $4,088

That’s a grand total of $6,176 in support of The Utah 1033 Foundation’s mission of supporting Utah Law Enforcement families. We owe a huge debt of thanks to the sponsors, the event organizers, all the participants, and to Chief Carpenter, Chief Booth, and Sheriff Martinez, who allowed their departments to resemble a Grizzly Adams casting call for the better part of a month. We deeply appreciate our partnership and can’t wait to do it again next year.

We’d also be remiss if we didn’t include a transcript of an inspiring speech from the Heber City Police Department’s Beard Award Ceremony. Loosely modeled after a certain venerated U.S. President’s most famous address, it debuted to howls of laughter from all in attendance. Enjoy!

 

THE GETTYSBEARD ADDRESS

Four months and seven days ago, our chief brought forth on this city a new beard growing year: conceived in hair, and dedicated to the proposition that NO BEARDS ARE CREATED EQUAL.

Now we are engaged in a great growing contest, testing whether that beard, or any beard so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great entanglement of hair. We have come to dedicate a portion of those beards as a final growing place for those who here gave their time that those beards might grow. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot shave; we cannot use Rogaine; we cannot just have sideburns. The brave men (and women! –ed.) who struggled here have grown these beards, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what you did for the Utah 1033 Foundation. It is for us the hairy, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which you who have grown here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored beards we take increased devotion to that cause for which you gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these beards shall not have grown in vain — that this contest, under some grayness and bald spots, shall have a new birth of growth next year — and that contest of the police department, by the people at Miro and Rooftop Anchor, for the officers, shall not perish from the earth.

– A. Blinken