SAN JOSE - This playoff season, San Jose Sharks fans participated in the long-standing hockey tradition of the playoff beard. Over 160 fans dedicated their playoff beard to a worthy cause. Through a personalized Beard-A-Thon page, these fans updated photos of their beard growth and helped raise a total of $9,807 through 202 unique donors. The top celebrity beard growers included beloved San Jose Sharks mascot S.J. Sharkie, who raised almost $3,000 and Sharks Forward, #83 Matt Nieto who raised $1,000. The top fan beard grower was David Dagget who raised $785.
Proceeds from this year's Beard-A-Thon will be donated on behalf of Mary Nieto, mother of Sharks Rookie forward, #83 Matt Nieto, who was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer this past October. Proceeds will be split between two cancer-related organizations; Breast Cancer Angels, where Mary received support services and the local chapter of the American Cancer Society located in Campbell.
Donations can be made through the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals on the Sharks Beard-A-Thon page at www.beardathon.com/sharks or donations can be made directly to these two organizations through their individual websites.
The Breast Cancer Angels, based in Matt's hometown of Long Beach, offers financial and emotional services to women and their families as they go through breast cancer treatment. They provide housing needs, medical coverage, group support and much more. Each year Breast Cancer Angels assist more than 600 clients and are growing every month. For more information about Breast Cancer Angels please visit: www.breastcancerangels.org.
The local chapter of the American Cancer Society (ACS) located in Campbell, will also receive a portion of this year's Beard-A-Thon proceeds. For more than 100 years, the Society has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Whether it's passing smoke-free laws or improving access to quality health care, ACS fights on all fronts: helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures, and fighting back against cancer. For more information about ACS please visit: www.cancer.org.
Since the Beard-a-thon launched in 2009, hockey fans across the country have raised over $2.5 million for hockey related charities. All donations to the San Jose Sharks Beard-a-thon are tax deductible.
About the Sharks Foundation
The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in our community with an emphasis in the areas of Education, Health and Safety, and Character Development. The Sharks Foundation supplies emergency aid when appropriate, executes unique and relevant programming, supports the advancement of youth hockey and provides financial support and resources to organizations that enrich the lives of those in need. The Sharks Foundation positively impacts the community in two ways: (1) implements effective programs that enhance the lives of youth and families and (2) raises funds and redistributes the money back into the community.
During the 2013-14 season, the Sharks Foundation will provide over $1 million in support to local organizations. Since its inception in 1994, the Sharks Foundation has donated more than $7.2 million to more than 120 non-profit groups in Santa Clara County. In all, the Sharks Foundation supports tens of thousands of people each year.
As role models, we are committed to giving back to the community that so strongly supports us. To learn more about how the Sharks Foundation is helping tens of thousands of underserved children and families in our community, visit our website or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.