UMATILLA — The Bearded Villain Oregon Woodsmen are co-hosting a fundraiser in support of Jessica Brown-Grooms’ annual cystic fibrosis fundraising event.
Those in attendance are in for an evening of fun while raising awareness and money to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis. The event is Friday, May 14, beginning at 5 p.m. at The Bridge Bistro & Brews, 1501 Sixth St., Umatilla.
Tickets will be available at the door — spectators are $10 and competitors are $25. Organizers promise that you don’t want to miss this beard competition. It will feature multiple categories for beard types, and no experience is necessary. Those with a beard, who want to participate, should send a message via www.facebook.com/rachelle.reed.73113.
Brown-Grooms of Hermiston, who has hosted a yearly Breath of Life fundraising event, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was 18 months old. Those with the genetic disease, which causes the lungs to produce a thick, sticky mucus, have a shorter life expectancy. However, because of advances made through research over the past 60 years, the life expectancy, which used to be age 5, now surpasses 40.