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01/05/2013: THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT! EVEN THOUGH WE DIDN'T MAKE OUR $11,000.00 GOAL WE DID GREAT! OUR CAMPAIGN RAISED $6,097.00! PLUS $670.00 IN PRIVATE DONATIONS TOTALING $6,767.00! AFTER SOME DONATION CANCELLATIONS BY CONTRIBUTORS AND FEES FROM INDIEGOGO AND PAYPAL OUR FINAL CAMPAIGN TOTAL WAS $5,669.76! GO TEAM BEARD! I AM SO HAPPY AND PROUD OF EVERYONE FOR WORKING SO HARD ON OUR CAMPAIGN! IF YOU MISSED THE CHANCE TO DONATE YOU CAN STILL SEND US SOME LOVE AT WWW.THEBEARDBOOK.ORG THANK YOU AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! XOXO FROM PHOTOGRAPHER, MARY LOU SANDLER AND TEAM
We will be keeping all of you updated in our progress. The funds take 14 business days to hit our account. Then we will fulfill as many perks as we can “if” and when the final book designs are done. The gallery opening is TBD as we have printing and organizing to do. Now the good hard work begins! Yay! So, give us a few months for that process. Thank you! Much Love and Bearded Blessings from Mary Lou Sandler and Team
VIEW OUR FOUR DIFFERENT BEARD BOOK FOR CANCER CHARITY CAMPAIGN VIDEOS AND A 12/29/2012 UPDATE FROM PHOTOGRAPHER, MARY LOU SANDLER (and kitty Jasmine) BY CLICKING HERE
The Beard Book
Creator / Photographer: Mary Lou Sandler ~ Text and Editing: Justin Sandler ~ Book Layout Design: Tasso
The Beard Book is a collection of black & white, fine art photography of over 100 men, their beards, and their stories. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go directly to the The Keep-A-Breast Foundation www.keep-a-breast.org as well as the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center – Foundation for Testicular Cancer Research www.cancer.iu.edu.
The Beard Book began as an inspired idea to create photographic art of a popular yet often misunderstood culture. Facial hair is grown for many reasons and The Beard Book set out to capture the creativity and celebration of this masculine mystique. The beard has been around for a long, long time. Throughout history, men often sported spectacular beards and mustaches and dressed with pride and care. At the turn of the last century, beards were very popular; in modern times, they are the exception rather than the rule. Today, many men wear their facial hair in honor of those that came before them, while others have ushered in a new era of facial hair fashion. Additionally, we now have facial hair growing world championships, a reality show about the warring of whiskers and competition in this hairy sport, the huge bearded nation gay culture, documentary films, and even ‘The Whiskerinas’ (USA Women's Beard & Moustache Society). The Beard Book is comprised of Bearded Gents from all walks of life including several celebrities and beard growing champions. It is a collection of beautiful photography as well as a personal interest piece as we get to learn what having a beard means to our facial hair endowed models.
Why we need your help...
The Beard Book has been a labor of love since December 2010. Everything is finally done and the book is ready to go. But we have run out of funds to complete the book and bring it to the world. It will mean a lot to us to be able to share our art, but it will mean even more to be able donate lots and lots of money to our 2 wonderful charities.
Where the money goes...
At this point, we need to print, publish, and advertise the book as well as make large art prints for our big gallery opening / fundraiser. We have calculated the costs and realized that we can no longer do this on our own. Therefore, we have created this great campaign in order to raise enough funds to truly see this project through.
Your donation of any increment will be vital in making this happen and we greatly appreciate it. We have put together some nice perks as well.
We have set up a flexible funding campaign, meaning that even if we don't meet our goal, we will still get the money that was donated. Therefore we can put it towards our project and it will still help us get that much closer.
And if you are not in the position to make a monetary donation, you can still be of great help. Spread the word! Tell everyone you know about the book. Share the links to this campaign and the book itself on your social media platforms. That will be an incredible help to us.
Mary Lou Sandler and Justin Sandler