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Police grow beards to raise money and grant children’s wishes

11/13/2019 4:05:00 PM

 

Parma – Throughout November, many Parma Police Department officers will be growing beards for their third annual No-Shave WishVember.

Three years ago, Patrol Officer Jason Piazza contacted A Special Wish Foundation Cleveland Chapter, a charity that fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses across greater Cleveland.

“We connected with A Special Wish leaders to start a no-shave fundraiser. We wanted to identify a specific wish child to help grant his or her wish and name it, “No-Shave WishVember,” Piazza said. “The first year, we raised enough money to grant a little girl’s wish to swim with dolphins in Orlando.”

Spearheaded by Piazza, the fundraiser grew last year to include Independence, Chagrin Falls, Pepper Pike, Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights police departments. Collectively, the departments raised more than $16,000 to help grant numerous wishes, including sending Maxine and her family on her wish trip to Hawaii.

This year, Bay Village, Bainbridge, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Chagrin Falls, Metrohealth, Moreland Hills, Parma, Pepper Pike, South Russell, Warrensville Heights and Notre Dame College police departments will be participating and competing to see which department can raise the most money.

“These officers have created deserving memories for these children battling life-threatening illnesses that their families will never forget,” said Eileen Lane, executive director of A Special Wish Foundation Cleveland Chapter.

For more details about No-Shave WishVember, visit www.Police4Wishes.org.