Close shaves for a good cause


By John Hamilton - jhamilton@wnewsj.com



From left, Morgan Combs, center, and Alex Rhinehart, right, present the a check to CCYC Executive Director Eric Guindon with the total amount from the fundraiser.

From left, Morgan Combs, center, and Alex Rhinehart, right, present the a check to CCYC Executive Director Eric Guindon with the total amount from the fundraiser.


From left, CCYC Executive Director Eric Guindon, Morgan Combs, and Alex Rhinehart after the shaving at the General Denver on Sunday.


From left, General Denver employees Morgan Combs and Alex Rhinehart, and CCYC Executive Director Eric Guindon, before the shaving at General Denver on Sunday.


Alex Rhinehart, left, and Morgan Combs just before Rhinehart’s beard gets shaved on Sunday at the General Denver.


Alex Rhinehart, sitting, gets his beard shaved by Dylan Collins from The Oak Barber Shop after raising over $5,000 for the Clinton County Youth Council on Sunday at the General Denver.


WILMINGTON — What started as a fun conversation among co-workers quickly became a cause for good.

At the General Denver on Sunday, employee Alex Rhinehart got his beard shaved after raising more than their $5,000 goal for the Clinton County Youth Council. Surrounded by friends and family, Rhinehart’s bushy beard was trimmed off by Dylan Collins of The Oak Barbershop.

“This whole thing started with a random bar conversation. We asked how much would it take to shave his beard,” said Rhinehart’s co-worker Morgan Combs. “We just started throwing numbers out and we landed at $5,000. Two months later we hit our goal because this town is amazing.”

“She had never seen me without a beard,” said Rhinehart, who hadn’t been clean-shaven in eight years. “I said you can’t pay me to shave my beard. Then she asked what if it was for charity, and I said OK.”

The two didn’t do much with the idea for a few months until one night Combs texted Rhinehart, asking, “Are we doing this?” Rhinehart decided to go ahead with it and picked the CCYC as his charity since both he and his wife Tara had been longtime supporters of CCYC.

The CCYC, located at 302 W. Sugartree St., is a non-profit, free after-school program for students in grade 6-12 and they work with a lot of at-risk youths. During the academic year, they’re open from Monday to Friday after school until 7 p.m.

After talking with CCYC Executive Director Eric Guindon and setting up the Go Fund Me page, Rhinehart didn’t think the money would come in as fast as it did. Within four weeks, they raised $5,420.

“I have been floored by this response. This has been awesome,” said Rhinehart, thanking those who donated and giving praise to Combs for setting things up.

“I’m going to look in the mirror and I’m not going to know who I am,” he said jokingly.

But he was not the only one who lost facial hair that night. An additional challenge was put out — since the original goal was met so fast, that if they got up to $6,000, Guindon would shave off his beard.

In the end, $6,142.53 was raised.

Guindon was overwhelmed by just how many people donated to the fundraiser. According to him, more than 44 individuals donated, some of whom he didn’t know.

“He looks so eerily like his high school senior photos (minus the now-gray hair) that it’s unnerving!” said Guindon’s wife, Kelsey Swindler, who added the last time Eric was clean-shaven was in 2011.

Although Combs is originally from Tipp City, she felt that she found her home. She had studied at Wilmington College and had been working at the General Denver for about two years; she said witnessing the community come together to raise the funds solidified this feeling.

From left, Morgan Combs, center, and Alex Rhinehart, right, present the a check to CCYC Executive Director Eric Guindon with the total amount from the fundraiser.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/06/web1_DSC_0035.jpgFrom left, Morgan Combs, center, and Alex Rhinehart, right, present the a check to CCYC Executive Director Eric Guindon with the total amount from the fundraiser.

From left, CCYC Executive Director Eric Guindon, Morgan Combs, and Alex Rhinehart after the shaving at the General Denver on Sunday.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/06/web1_DSC_0138.jpgFrom left, CCYC Executive Director Eric Guindon, Morgan Combs, and Alex Rhinehart after the shaving at the General Denver on Sunday.

From left, General Denver employees Morgan Combs and Alex Rhinehart, and CCYC Executive Director Eric Guindon, before the shaving at General Denver on Sunday.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/06/web1_DSC_0012.jpgFrom left, General Denver employees Morgan Combs and Alex Rhinehart, and CCYC Executive Director Eric Guindon, before the shaving at General Denver on Sunday.

Alex Rhinehart, left, and Morgan Combs just before Rhinehart’s beard gets shaved on Sunday at the General Denver.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/06/web1_DSC_0025.jpgAlex Rhinehart, left, and Morgan Combs just before Rhinehart’s beard gets shaved on Sunday at the General Denver.

Alex Rhinehart, sitting, gets his beard shaved by Dylan Collins from The Oak Barber Shop after raising over $5,000 for the Clinton County Youth Council on Sunday at the General Denver.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/06/web1_DSC_0054.jpgAlex Rhinehart, sitting, gets his beard shaved by Dylan Collins from The Oak Barber Shop after raising over $5,000 for the Clinton County Youth Council on Sunday at the General Denver.

By John Hamilton

jhamilton@wnewsj.com

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