Beard Fundraiser


The 2014 SAFE Battle of the Beards is under way now. Just click the pic of your favorite guy. You'll be able to donate securely online, and your donation will be automatically dedicated to the guy of your choice. Thank you for your support!

Be a man, take a stand in SAFE's 2014 Battle of the Beards

SAFE is currently seeking local guys to participate in “Face the Facts 2014,” our fifth annual ‘battle of the beards.’ 

Guys participating in the “Face the Facts” campaigns will put down their razors on March 5th, Ash Wednesday. They will give up shaving until April 17th, the Thursday before Easter. 

During the seven week campaign, participating guys will solicit donations for SAFE, and they’ll wear “Ask Me About My SAFE Face” buttons to spark impromptu conversations about how men can stop domestic and sexual violence. 

Men, it’s time to take a stand 

Domestic and sexual violence are big problems. One in four women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in their lives. One in six women will be sexually assaulted. 

Most perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence are males, but the majority of men don’t engage in these behaviors. It’s time for the “good guys” to stand up and be counted! 

By participating in ‘Face the Facts’ you’ll be taking a visible stand against domestic and sexual violence. You’ll also be setting a great example for boys and men in our community. 

Funds help victims, prevent abuse  

“Face the Facts” is SAFE’s top fundraising event. Last year, 21 area men raised over $5,300. This year, we’re hoping to raise even more! 

Proceeds from “Face the Facts” help SAFE provide free services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Funds also support SAFE’s abuse prevention efforts. 

Face the Facts kick off is March 4th 

The beard growing contest begins Tuesday, March 4th with a rolling kick off from 7:30 until 9:00 a.m. at Talia Espresso on Main Street in North Wilkesboro. Clean shaven contestants will have their “before” pictures made, and they’ll receive “SAFE Face” buttons to wear throughout the competition. 

“Face the Facts” ends Thursday, April 17th.  At the campaign finale, prizes will be awarded for Best Styling, Most Unusual Beard and Top Fund ‘Razor’.

To get involved, fill out the form below and we'll be in touch by e-mail. Please make plans to join us at the 'Face the Facts' kick off any time between 7:30 and 9:00 Tuesday morning at Talia Espresso in Downtown North Wilkesboro.

Be a man! Take a stand! Join SAFE's Battle of the Beards. Fill out the form to join the Beard Brigade.



2013 Face the Facts participants Dean Ledbetter, Armando Limon, Pat Colglazier, Nolan Belk, Tommy Livingston and Zach Adams at the campaign finale March 28th at Talia Espresso in North Wilkesboro.

Nineteen Wilkes County men took a visible stand against domestic violence by participating in 'Face the Facts,' SAFE's fourth annual "Battle of the Beards."

Participants put their razors down Feb. 13, 2013 and didn’t shave again until the campaign ended March 28.

During the seven week campaign, the men solicited donations for SAFE, the local agency that serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. They wore “Ask Me about My SAFE Face” buttons to spark impromptu conversations about domestic violence and the role men can play to stop it.

‘Face the Facts’ drew men from across the community, including high profile participants such as Wilkesboro Mayor Mike Inscore and WKBC radio personalities Steve Handy and Ed Racey.

Prizes were awarded at the campaign finale Mar. 28 at Talia Espresso in North Wilkesboro.

Mayor Inscore won “Top Fund ‘Razor’” honors. He said his beard was itchy and aggravating at times, “but it was worth the effort.”

Armando Limon of the Wilkes County Health Department won the “Top Friend ‘Razor’” award. Limon gathered over 70 donations during the campaign.

Zach Adams of Hays won the “Best Styling” award.

‘Face the Facts’ was fun, but it had a serious purpose, organizers said.

"Domestic violence isn’t a ‘women’s issue’. It’s everyone’s issue, and it won’t be solved without involving everyone,” said Kristi Thomas, SAFE’s executive director. “We’re grateful for men who bear witness that this kind of behavior is not acceptable.”

Organizers hope the campaign will encourage other men to take a stand for healthy relationships.

“The vast majority of men in Wilkes County don’t condone abusive relationships, but far too many of us have been silent. We need to speak up so the young men and boys of the community can hear us,” SAFE community educator Tim Murphy said.

‘Face the Facts’ is one of SAFE’s top fundraising events. So far, participants have raised about $3,700.