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MPD has record-breaking No-Shave November

BY Brian Powers - bpowers@chronicle-tribune.com

The Marion Police Department raised a record $1,825 for their annual No-Shave November charity fundraiser that has been held for over ten years.

According to Deputy Chief Stephen Dorsey, each officer wishing to participate pitches in $20, with an option to pay an extra $80 to extend their participation to Feb. 28.

Dorsey stated that 47 MPD officers, the Sweetser town marshal and a member of the Upland PD all participated and that 11 officers opted to extend.

The funds raised are donated yearly to the Grant County First Light Child Advocacy Center.

“The guys got together and decided that’s the place they wanted to donate to based on the things they’ve seen on the job and they work with children,” Dorsey said.

Dorsey also stated this year’s donation participation was the most active the police department has had yet, including having two outside agencies. He is hoping that even more people and agencies participate next year.

The fundraiser is not held solely for police officers, though. Dorsey reported that a couple of officers have family members donate, even though they did not participate themselves.

“Civilians can donate, too, of course; anyone is welcome to join,” Dorsey said.