Leonard Campanello, Chief of Police
197 Main St.
Gloucester , MA 01930
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
“Growing Hair cuz We Care”
Gloucester Police Officers Growing Beards to Raise Money for Special Olympics
GLOUCESTER — Police Chief Leonard Campanello announces that he and other members of the Gloucester Police Department will be sporting facial hair for a very worthwhile cause in December and January.
From Dec. 15 through Jan. 31, Gloucester Police are raising money for the Special Olympics of Massachusetts by growing out their beards and facial hair. Each officer is paying $75 to spend a month and a half growing out a nearly-trimmed beard, and generous residents can match the donation or donate any amount they are able to give. All proceeds go directly to the Special Olympics.
“The Gloucester Police Department continues to be committed to the idea of charitable contribution and giving back to the community and beyond,” Chief Campanello said. “We have done several events for our sponsored charities and this one is a fun way to keep the contributions coming. Police Officers never get to grow a beard, so they are looking forward to this fundraiser!”
The Gloucester Department is hoping to raise $1,500 by the end of January. If you are interested in donating, please call Chief Campanello’s Office at 978-281-9775.
Police Departments are very proud of their commitment to the Special Olympics. The largest single grassroots Special Olympics fundraiser, The Law Enforcement Torch Run, raised raised more than $42 million in 2012, involving nearly 100,000 volunteers in 46 countries.
About Special Olympics Massachusetts
Special Olympics Massachusetts provides year-round sports training, athletic competition, and other health-related programming to 12,168 children and adults with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Athletes are given continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics Athletes and the community. More information is available at www.specialolympicsma.org.