The “Live After 5” event at the courthouse was the culmination of the Rock the ‘Stache fundraiser which benefits the Haven of Hope transitional housing facility in Jasper.
Nearly 20 Jasper-area men agreed to grow out their facial hair and sell T-shirts on behalf of the Haven of Hope. Caroline Ivey, executive director of the facility, said totals for the fundraiser were not available Thursday, but she deemed the event an overwhelming success.
“This fundraiser has been something that has brought our community together,” she said. “It’s raised awareness for Haven of Hope and we’ve raised money to help the facility. I told someone earlier today that God can even work through mustaches.”
Jason Adkins, superintendent of Walker County Schools, raised the most money during the fundraiser and was named ‘Stache King.
“This was a lot of fun,” he said. “I was happy to be able to participate and to help.”
T.J. Armstrong, one of the participants, even auctioned off his scalp for the charity.
“On Facebook, I offered to shave my head and let it be used for advertising space,” he said.
One area business took Armstrong up on his offer and paid $150 to airbrush its logo on his head.
“It was worth it,” Armstrong said.
Ivey said Haven of Hope currently has 13 residents, including several children.
“We just transitioned some out to more permanent housing,” Ivey said. “Our needs continue to be great.”
Ivey said any donations to the facility are welcomed. Some items on the group’s wish list include toiletries, powdered laundry detergent, dish liquid, dishwasher detergent, Ziploc bags (all sizes), cleaning supplies, plastic containers for leftovers, foil, garbage bags (all sizes), paper goods (paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, paper plates, cups and cutlery) and food items.
Haven of Hope also has several volunteer opportunities available, including preparing and serving dinners, answering phones, special event planning, spring and fall cleaning and transportation.
“We’ve been blessed with the donations and volunteers that we’ve had already,” Ivey said. “I’m constantly amazed at the number of calls we get from people asking to help.”
Monetary donations may be sent to Haven of Hope, P.O. Box 1194, Jasper, AL, 35502. Ivey can be reached at 205-387-7408.