[r59] Rep. Milo Smith's protest beard raises money for fundraiser (4/4/2011)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Start Date: 4/4/2011 All Day
End Date: 4/4/2011

Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) grew a beard over the past six weeks. He began growing it on February 22nd when the Democrat's began their walkout and called his beard "a protest beard."

The Democrats returned to the Statehouse last Monday, but he withheld shaving the beard and decided to let others shave it off to benefit a fundraiser being held at the Statehouse.

The proceeds raised by the auction for Rep. Smith's beard being shaved off helped raise money to benefit Leadership Assistant, Cheryl Bruns and her Pink Elephants' Team for the Susan G. Komen, Race for the Cure. Other aspects of the fundraiser also helped raise proceeds to support additional families currently fighting this battle. In total, the fundraiser brought in over $9,000 dollars.

"I am pleased that this protest beard will not just be shaved off, but rather will be shaved off to support a great cause," said Rep. Smith.

At 1:15pm on Monday the bidding began with Rep. Bill Davis (R-Portland) as the auctioneer. The bidding went from $1 dollar to $150 dollars to $650 dollars to then the highest bid, which was received electronically from constituents in Rep. Smith's district.

Mike and Donna Mount emailed Rep. Smith and said they would like to donate $1,000 dollars to the cause if Governor Daniels would shave off Rep. Smith's beard.

In order to receive the last bid though, Governor Daniels needed to make an appearance. The Governor showed up in a barber's smock and was ready to start shaving off Rep. Smith's beard.

"I want to give a big thanks to Mike and Donna Mount who made much of this possible and all of the many others who donated. They have helped support a very good cause with their donations," said Rep. Smith.

"I am thrilled that so many people came together to support this wonderful fundraiser. This cause brought together everyone in the Statehouse; I heard bids from Republicans and Democrats alike. I am happy to have the beard gone, be back to work and to have raised some money all at the same time," said Rep. Smith.