2014-07-10 / Around Town

Gloria Gemma Fundraiser

Jayson Desack, Michael O'Neil, Brian Curry, and Francisco Amaral Jayson Desack, Michael O'Neil, Brian Curry, and Francisco Amaral Buskers Irish Pub and Restaurant recently hosted the fourth annual “Beards for Boobs” fundraiser event which benefited the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. Nearly 100 people gathered to cheer on 11 men who had either their beards or heads shaved.

“Beards for Boobs is organized chaos,” laughed Brian Curry, a Newport resident who is one of the event creators.

Curry and three of his friends– die-hard Boston Bruins fans who call themselves the “Four Horsemen”– grew their beards during the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. After the Bruins were crowned champions, the men decided to organize an event where they would shave their beards and raise money for charity.

“We heard about the Gloria Gemma Foundation through the radio and wanted to donate,” added Curry.

AFTER AFTER In the first three years, Beards for Boobs raised $13,000 for the Pawtucket-based nonprofit, which has directed proceeds to its Hope Bus–an eye-catching, pink RV used to deliver free breast health resources to all parts of the state.

This year’s event raised more than $5,200. In addition to funds raised by Beards for Boobs participants and donations from businesses around Newport, there was a silent auction and raffles at the fundraiser. 1540 WADK Newport’s Dave Rogers served as the master of ceremonies and the Gloria Gemma Foundation was also on-hand.

One in six Rhode Island women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, established in 2004, offers free breast health education, awareness, and support programs statewide. For more information, visit gloriagemma.org.

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