ELLSWORTH — A month of itching and scratching and less-than-thrilled spouses came to an end last week as the Ellsworth Police Department concluded its No-Shave November campaign.
The month-long event — in which officers did not shave and put money they would have spent on shaving supplies toward a department-wide fundraiser — raised $1,385, all of which went toward the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center.
The money was presented to Center Director Michael Reisman by members of the department Saturday morning at the Moore Community Center. Police Chief Glenn Moshier explained how the idea came about.
“As a department, we felt that this was an opportunity to give back to the community,” he said. “Specifically, a chance to give back to an organization that does great work to help people who suffer.”
Moshier noted just about everybody knows someone who has been diagnosed with cancer.
Reisman said he appreciates the support of the Police Department. He said the Wright Center helps about 400 people each year and gives out roughly $18,000 in financial assistance.
The money raised through this fundraiser will be used for that kind of financial assistance. The Wright Center does not charge for its services.
Reisman said when the center opened 13 years ago, Hancock County had the seventh-highest cancer mortality rate among Maine’s 16 counties. It now has the lowest.
“There has been an improvement in cancer mortality rates in this area,” he said. He said health officials are now working to lower the incidence rates of cancer.
Students in the law enforcement program at the Hancock County Technical Center also participated in No-Shave November, and they presented Reisman with $75 on Saturday.