Spearfish PD participate in “No Shave November” to raise money for Special Olympics South Dakota
SPEARFISH, S.D. — “No Shave November” is an awareness campaign during which participants forgo shaving in order to evoke conversations and raise awareness for cancer, along with a multitude of health issues and suicide prevention.
Members of the Spearfish Police Department wanted to do something special to raise money for the organization this fall due to the annual Polar Plunge event, which raises money for Special Olympics South Dakota, being canceled this spring because of COVID-19.
Officer Dustin Ruvolo presented the idea of “No Shave November” and organized the fundraiser.
“‘No Shave November’ has been something I have participated in since high school,” Ruvolo said. “I have had a lot of fun with it in the past. I thought it might be fun to have the police department participate in hopes to raise morale in these difficult times. I also saw it as an opportunity to follow COVID guidelines and raise money for the community.”
Officer Ruvolo took the idea of the month-long awareness campaign and fundraiser for Special Olympics South Dakota and pitched it to the department command staff, requesting a temporary suspension of the department’s facial hair guidelines for the month.
He also explained that many events have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 and social distancing, causing many nonprofit organizations to lose opportunities to gain awareness and funds for their cause.
“I’m not expecting us to raise a super large amount, but I’m hoping it will be more meaningful and show the community that we are thinking of them,” said Ruvolo.
Members of the Spearfish Police Department can donate $1 each day to not shave, with parameters about length and appearance of facial hair to maintain a professional look. Other members of the department may also make a donation to cause someone else to have to shave, with that donation equal to the number of days the participant has not shaved, and the participant can avoid having to shave by again matching the total donation.
Officer Ruvolo explained that the rules create a bit of fun, as well as encourage members of the department to increase donations as
time goes on.
“Our officers participate in their community in so many ways, and I am always proud to see them come up with new ways we can support causes near and dear to our hearts, especially in this challenging pandemic,” said Spearfish Police Chief, Curt Jacobs.
Officer Ruvolo said he is most looking forward to donating the funds to Special Olympics South Dakota – and even if the total raised is not an enormous amount, he is excited to show the organization and athletes that the department is thinking of them and the community.
“If this project gets approved to be extended or a yearly thing, we can look at raising more money and choosing different organizations to donate to each year,” Officer Ruvolo said.
The competition is exclusive to the department, but anyone wishing to get in the spirit is encouraged to take part in “No Shave November” in their own way and donate to a cause of their choosing.
Donations to Special Olympics South Dakota, which is supported through the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, may be made here.