By: Robbinsville Township Press Release
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – (November 5, 2019) – Police Officers in Robbinsville Township are required to be clean-shaven at all times, save for a well-groomed mustache.
Inspired by the late Joe Barker, once again this November a number of officers, with the blessing of Mayor Dave Fried and Chief Chris Nitti, have tossed aside their razors for “No-Shave November” – an initiative aimed at raising funds for cancer research. Throughout the month, participating officers will make a $100 donation to grow a full beard, and a $50 donation to grow a goatee. Female officers will make a $50 donation to paint their fingernails or wear ribbons, headbands or barrettes.
This year’s beneficiary is Thea’s Star of Hope, a wonderful local charity that has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for more research directed at pediatric brian tumors.
Trisha Danze, Thea’s mom and Robbinsville resident, founded Thea’s Star of Hope in 2011 with a mission to improve the treatment experience for kids with brain tumors. “Star of Hope” is the embodiment of Thea’s positive outlook and a testament to the indelible spirit so many diagnosed children maintain despite terrifying diagnosis, painful treatment and an uncertain future.
Since 2017, “No-Shave November has raised $6,000 for various types of cancer research.
To make a charitable donation, send a check payable to “PBA #344” to: P.O. Box 10099, Trenton, NJ 08650. In the memo section, please mark the check: “No Shave November/Thea’s Star of Hope.”
Residents also had the opportunity to vote on the PBA Local #344 Facebook page for their favorite officer’s scruff by hitting the ‘Like’ button.