Law professionals near end of amateur beard month

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Ten of the 14 members of the Jasper Police Department who raised $490 for the Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition show off their No Shave November beards. Jasper’s police department allowed officers to put up their razors in mid October for a $40 donation or on Nov. 1 for a $30 donation, according to Assistant Chief Aaron Persohn. Other county law enforcement agencies, jailers, community corrections staff and attorneys are participating to raise money for SWICACC, a non-profit organization that provides services to children who are victims of abuse and the professionals tasked with investigating such cases. One of those bearded law professionals is Prosecutor Anthony Quinn, who noted he is participating because he strongly believes “in what SWICACC does to reduce the stress and trauma to potential young victims.” People who would like to donate to SWICACC can mail donations to SWICACC at P.O. Box 252, Jasper IN 47547-0252 or online at www.swicacc.com. Director Tammy Lampert can be contacted for additional information by emailing swicacc@gmail.com.

By BILL POWELL
bpowell@dcherald.com

JASPER — By Saturday, dozens of local law enforcement professionals who have found a way to help children by trying their hand at growing whiskers will get reacquainted with their razors.

No Shave November collected participation donations of at least $20 to benefit the Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition and increase awareness about the organization, explained Dubois County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Logan Clark, who headed the fundraiser for a second year.

“Essentially,” Clark said, “you shave everything at the end of October and then, come Nov. 1, you don’t pick up a razor until Dec. 1.”

Deputies, attorneys, jailers, Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office staff, community corrections officers and the Jasper and Huntingburg police departments are participating.

It was hard not to join in after reading the notices Clark put up in every squad room and office he could.

“Who doesn’t want to grow a beard?” his flyer asked. “Who doesn’t want to help children? Don’t be a bad person.”

“I tried to make it humorous,” Clark says, adding that No Shave November is all in good fun for a good cause.

Southwest Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition (SWICACC) is a non-profit organization that provides services to children who are victims of abuse and the professionals tasked with investigating such cases.

The organization has four sites serving Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Martin, Orange, Perry and Spencer counties through its mission to provide a safe reporting location for victims of crime and their families with community-based multidisciplinary teams that provide support, promote justice and help prevent violence. SWICACC is the only organization to provide such services to children in the seven-county region. The organization also provides training for team members, including prosecutors, Department of Child Services, law enforcement, medical and victim advocates to ensure children receive quality services from trained professionals.

Today — the Tuesday after Thanksgiving — is also Giving Tuesday, when the public is encouraged to make charitable contributions during the holiday shopping season. The Jasper Police Department’s official Twitter account suggested in a tweet today that the public participate “by helping out #SWICACC by donating items from the list below or with cash donations.”

The child advocacy centers are in need of supplies such as office supplies, coloring books, crayons, puzzles, subscriptions to magazines for ages 2-18, cleaning supplies and cash donations.

SWICACC is also seeking volunteers to serve on the board of directors and assist with awareness projects.

Donations can be mailed to SWICACC at P.O. Box 252, Jasper IN 47547-0252 or online at www.swicacc.com. Director Tammy Lampert can be contacted for additional information by emailing swicacc@gmail.com.

All the holiday love is helping SWICACC provide education and awareness to the community, according to Lampert.

“It absolutely does help us in our efforts to provide services to children victims of abuse and neglect,” Lampert says. “Fundraiser dollars are able to help us provide [child advocacy center] supplies and items for the kids whenever they come to the center that we’re not able to use grant funds for.”

Clark feels so strongly about SWICACC, his notice was not shy about hammering home the importance of No Shave November. It stated:

“Grow a beard! It’s the right thing to do!

“Help children! Also the right thing to do!

“If you can’t grow a beard, donate anyway! Still the right thing to do!

“The only wrong thing to do here is not donate and not help the children!”

Clark has yet to total the No Shave November cash raised for the coming holiday donation to SWICACC.

Deputy Josh Smith gives Clark credit for having strongly urged No Shave November participation.

“Logan is The Beard Man,” Smith said, while adding that his own stellar, amazing beard “exudes beard wonder.”

Clark is a No Shave November participant as well as its local organizer.

“My mom hates my beard,” Clark says. “That’s very factual.”

 




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