In the winter months, beards become as common a sight in the Pacific Northwest as rain jackets and fleece vests. And one group of Cobalt associates has figured out a way to harness the power of facial hair for a good cause.
The Seattle Beard and Stache Festival began four years ago as a way for the bearded and mustachioed citizens of Seattle to raise money for Treehouse, a local non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of kids living in foster care. Last year the Beard and Stache Fest had just over 80 participants and raised over $6000. This year there’s more than 150 participants, including Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, so the potential is as full as the beards on their faces!
Cobalt Services Team Manager Josh Dand raised the third most money for Treehouse last year in the Beard and Stache Festival and came away from the experience certain that he could find some willing and bearded Cobaltians to aid the cause next year. They’ve assembled a team known as Collection Of Beards At Local Technology (or C.O.B.A.L.T.) comprised of Mikael Sikora, Steve Hensyel, Ryan Moynihan and Mark Fussell. They’re raising funds throughout the month of March both online at the Beard and Stache fest website and in person at Oddfellows Café on Capitol Hill, where their donation cans are prominently displayed. One hundred percent of donations go directly to Treehouse, so there’s no chance the funds will be diverted for moustache wax.
The Beard and Stache Fest is already off and growing with events throughout the month of March and the closing ceremonies will take place on April 1 at the Triple Door. Until then, you can keep track of team C.O.B.A.L.T.’s progress at their Cobalt Beard Facebook page!
Good luck guys – keep it growing!
Guest writer: Josh Dand – Services Team Manager