Beard contest raises $100K for Make-A-Wish Vermont

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Beard contest raises $100K for Make-A-Wish Vermont

Fri, 04/16/2021 - 3:43am -- tim

Top 25 bearded Vermonters to vie for Best Beard title this Saturday, April 17

Vermont Business Magazine Top 25 bearded Vermonters to vie for Best Beard title this Saturday, April 17Saturday, April 17, from 7-8:30 pm, Make-A-Wish Vermont is hosting the final, in-person, culmination of their contest and fundraiser to find the Best Beard in Vermont. This outdoor, drive-in/tailgate style event will feature some of the best beards from across the state, along with Wish Kids, prizes, and more.

WHO: The Top 25 Fundraisers from Make-A-Wish Vermont’s Beardies Competition, and their families

WHAT: Live, in-person competition to find the “Best Beard in Vermont” plus Wish Kids, axe-throwing, and more.

WHEN: 7 pm, Saturday, April 17

WHERE: Parking lot of The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory

WHY: These folks have already raised over $100k for wishes, and wishes bring hope, strength, and joy to the healing process for Vermont kids with life-threatening illnesses.

This Saturday, the parking lot of the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory will be full of a different type of bear… bearded Vermonters who’ve reached the top 25 in Make-A-Wish Vermont’s 5th Annual Vermont Beardies Competition and Fundraiser.

Over the past six weeks, participants raised money by showcasing their beards at, raising $103,000 so far—nearly double last year’s total.

An outdoor, covid-safe event to celebrate the wish-granting power of whiskers

Vermont Wish Kids will lead the program and judge the contestants on their beards, awarding such honors as Ultimate Urban Beard, Best Backwoods Beard, and more.

One individual will be named Best Beard in Vermont, winning a luxury staycation at the Burlington Courtyard Marriott, and bragging rights for at least a year.

The evening will also feature axe throwing, with BurlyAxe of Burlington, food & beer, Wish-themed merchandise, and a big-screen presentation made possible by the portable outdoor screen of the Essex Experience.

Said Make-A-Wish Vermont President & CEO Jamie Hathaway, “The beard stuff is fun, but honestly we are just blown away by the effort these folks put into fundraising for us this year. They have broken all the records during a challenging time, and we want to celebrate and honor them for helping us make wishes come true.”

A number of local businesses are sponsors of the contest, including Wheels for Wishes Car Donation Foundation, Fiddlehead Brewery, Mascoma Bank, Shearer Volkswagen, Burlington’s Courtyard by Marriott, Burly Axe, Fiddlehead Brewing, Green Mountain Video, WCAX, Star 92.9, 101.3 The Game, Darn Tough Vermont, The Vermont Country Store.

About Make-A-Wish Vermont

Make-A-Wish® Vermont has granted nearly 850 wishes to Vermont’s children with life-threatening medical conditions over the last 30 years. Wishes bring hope, strength, and joy to the healing process. To donate, volunteer, or refer a child to Make-A-Wish, please visit

Source: Shelburne, VT – Make-A-Wish Vermont