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UPDATE (6/17/13): Well, the Kings series was so quick that we didn't even have a chance to post an update! The Blackhawks have now reached the end of the road and are in the Stanley Cup Final. So in turn are Phil and I in our beard growing efforts. We expect these beards to last until, at the very least, on Monday for a sixth game. We're now at just over $700 in fundraising leaving us just under $300 short of our $1,000 goal. Help us get there! It's the final push for us and the Blackhawks and just like them, we need your help to get across that finish line. We thank you again for your support and will be providing hopefully at least one, if not a few, more updates.

UPDATE (6/7/13): When we last left you, the Blackhawks were in a decisive Game 7 with the Red Wings. Well, they won that affair and since then we received an anonymous $250 donation! Great work on all fronts. The Blackhawks are now up 3-1 against the LA Kings in the Western Conference Finals; just one game away from another shot at a Cup Final. Our beards are flowing now and there's no stopping them. Here's hoping the Hawks can close out at home tomorrow and we'll have our Finals beards prepped for next week. Thanks again to all of our participants. Your support is greatly appreciated.

UPDATE (5/28/13): When last we left you, our Men of Four Feathers were down two games to one, then proceeded to drop Game 4. Well, since then, they've rallied to force a Game 7 in Chicago tomorrow night with the season on the line. Our beards, in the meantime, have done some rallying of their own. Phil's is finally breaking through while mine has reached lumberjack status. We again thank you for all the donations from those that have participated. Here's to hoping the razors stay in our drawers until after Wednesday and late into the month of June.

UPDATE (5/23/13): It's crunch time for the Blackhawks as well as our teamraiser project here. As I type this, the Hawks are down 2-1 to the Red Wings and our beards are in a bit of danger. But look at them in all their glory. We want to keep them. You want us to keep them. The Blackhawks can spare them from the shears with a win tonight. You can help some children by donating to our cause. Win-win, right? So let's get a Blackhawks W tonight and keep the Cup run going strong as well as our fundraising efforts. Again, thanks to everyone that has participated with us so far.

UPDATE (5/13/13):  We've entered week two and the Blackhawks are into Round 2 and will takeon the Red Wings starting either Tuesday or Wednesday this week. Phil and I are considering switching to an all plaid wardrobe with the lumberjack looks taking full effect. We both have some wedding responsibilities so a trim of the neck line is in order but by no means will nuputials, especially those that aren't our own, be taking down these beards. We also managed to make an appearance in the RedEye last week for our efforts. The link is below, we're Photo #16:

http://www.redeyechicago.com/sports/redeye-blackhawks-fans-grow-beards-for-the-stanley-cup-playoffs-20130430,0,3854481.photogallery

 

UPDATE (5/6/13): After a week of beard growing we've raised $125. Thanks to all of you that have donated. Phil and I have decided to do a weekly beard update picture throughout the process and we'll post them here. With the Hawks leading 2 games to 1 in their series with Minnesota, it's looking like these beards will last at the very least into the middle of May.

 

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As we enter the spring, at least I think we are entering spring, there comes an annual traditionamong those of us that follow the NHL and are lucky enough to support a team that makes the postseason: Growing a playoff beard.

 

On April 29th, my colleague Phil Nawrocki and I, will shave our faces one last time until the Chicago Blackhawks are eliminated from the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In honor of this tradition, and us making ourselves look rather ridiculous for what could be 9 total weeks, we're starting a fundraiser here at Lurie Children's to commemorate the cause. The fund will remain open as long as our facial hair is allowed to grow uncontrolled. 

After every Blackhawks victory we'll take photos and update them on this page so you can follow along. All funds collected go directly to Lurie Children's Foundation. Think of it like a Locks for Love because if we could donate our beard trimmings we most certainly would.


Thanks in advance for your support and Go Hawks!


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