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PRESS PHOTOS COURTESY SWTPDSouth Whitehall Police Sgt. Kyle Golden, Sgt. Steve Brown, Officer Jaryd Winkelbauer, Sgt. Ronald Scholler, and Officers Nick Erdo and Justino Arroyo proudly display their beards. The beards helped raise funds as part of the No Shave November fundraiser for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley. Copyright - Lou Wheeland PRESS PHOTOS COURTESY SWTPDSouth Whitehall Police Sgt. Kyle Golden, Sgt. Steve Brown, Officer Jaryd Winkelbauer, Sgt. Ronald Scholler, and Officers Nick Erdo and Justino Arroyo proudly display their beards. The beards helped raise funds as part of the No Shave November fundraiser for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
South Whitehall Township Detective Timothy Shoudt and Officer Jaryd Winkelbauer joins Tracy Stauffer, marketing and community relations coordinator for Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley, and her daughter Vanessa, and South Whitehall Police Officers Stacey Surdan, and Justino Arroyo after presenting Stauffer with a check for $3,112.28 from donations collected by P.J. Whelihan’s Pub Copyright - Lou Wheeland South Whitehall Township Detective Timothy Shoudt and Officer Jaryd Winkelbauer joins Tracy Stauffer, marketing and community relations coordinator for Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley, and her daughter Vanessa, and South Whitehall Police Officers Stacey Surdan, and Justino Arroyo after presenting Stauffer with a check for $3,112.28 from donations collected by P.J. Whelihan’s Pub Copyright - Lou Wheeland
PRESS PHOTO COURTESY JASON KLINGERSome of the Orefield Middle School teachers who participated in this year’s No Shave November fundraiser with South Whitehall Police include Stephen Ott, Patrick Murphy, Samuel Rhodes, Jason Klinger, Michael Messerschmidt and Craig Waters. Copyright - Lou Wheeland PRESS PHOTO COURTESY JASON KLINGERSome of the Orefield Middle School teachers who participated in this year’s No Shave November fundraiser with South Whitehall Police include Stephen Ott, Patrick Murphy, Samuel Rhodes, Jason Klinger, Michael Messerschmidt and Craig Waters. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
PRESS PHOTOS BY SUSAN BRYANTKate Newhart, licensed barber and stylist shaves off South Whitehall Police Sgt. Ronnie Scholler’s beard Nov. 29 at Hello Beautiful Salon, South Whitehall. Copyright - Lou Wheeland PRESS PHOTOS BY SUSAN BRYANTKate Newhart, licensed barber and stylist shaves off South Whitehall Police Sgt. Ronnie Scholler’s beard Nov. 29 at Hello Beautiful Salon, South Whitehall. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
South Whitehall Sgts. Steve Brown and Ronnie Scholler are joined by Kate Newhart, licensed barber and stylist with Hello Beautiful Salon for a group photo after she shaved off the beards the officers grew for the No Shave November fundraiser to aid kids with cancer. Copyright - Lou Wheeland South Whitehall Sgts. Steve Brown and Ronnie Scholler are joined by Kate Newhart, licensed barber and stylist with Hello Beautiful Salon for a group photo after she shaved off the beards the officers grew for the No Shave November fundraiser to aid kids with cancer. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDSouth Whitehall Police Sgt. Steve Brown; K-9 Officer Kyle Beaumont; Capt. Jason Negron; Upper Macungie Resource Officer Bill Rohrbach and South Whitehall School Resource Officer Darvin Faust can hardly keep their hands off the doughnuts they are delivering to the students Dec. 7 at Orefield Middle School. Copyright - Lou Wheeland PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDSouth Whitehall Police Sgt. Steve Brown; K-9 Officer Kyle Beaumont; Capt. Jason Negron; Upper Macungie Resource Officer Bill Rohrbach and South Whitehall School Resource Officer Darvin Faust can hardly keep their hands off the doughnuts they are delivering to the students Dec. 7 at Orefield Middle School. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
PRESS PHOTO BY LOU WHEELANDOrefield Middle School seventh-grade students Trina Moffett, Carly Sachse, Taylor Hoppes, Megan Grob, Hannah Vrablik, Hannah Car, and Natalie Schwartz from Amy Kakaley’s homeroom are not bashful about going for the doughnuts. Copyright - Lou Wheeland PRESS PHOTO BY LOU WHEELANDOrefield Middle School seventh-grade students Trina Moffett, Carly Sachse, Taylor Hoppes, Megan Grob, Hannah Vrablik, Hannah Car, and Natalie Schwartz from Amy Kakaley’s homeroom are not bashful about going for the doughnuts. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Cancer survivor Vanessa Stauffer joins South Whitehall School Resource Officer Darvin Faust for a photo Dec. 7 at Orefield Middle School. Vanessa Stauffer was treated for brain and spine cancer with chemotherapy and is now doing fine. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Cancer survivor Vanessa Stauffer joins South Whitehall School Resource Officer Darvin Faust for a photo Dec. 7 at Orefield Middle School. Vanessa Stauffer was treated for brain and spine cancer with chemotherapy and is now doing fine. Copyright - Lou Wheeland

PART I

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Susan Bryant sbryant@tnonline.com in Local News

Police, OMS teachers forgo shaving

Twenty-nine members of the South Whitehall Township Police Department, and 13 Orefield Middle School teachers participated in this year’s No Shave November fundraiser.

The goal of the fundraiser was to increase awareness by embracing their hair, something many cancer patients lose, with the officers and teachers growing beards or goatees.

Each officer needed to donate a minimum $50 of his own money which would have typically been spent on shaving and grooming to participate.

In addition to OMS teachers, the school had a fundraiser for students and female staff and asked them to bring in lose change to donate.

The homeroom classrooms raising the most money were treated to doughnuts delivered by South Whitehall police officers with help from Upper Macungie Township Police Officer Bill Rohrbach.

The proceeds, $2,462.28 collected by South Whitehall police and OMS students and staff were donated to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley.

South Whitehall Police Chief John Christman and Jason Klinger, an eighth-grade science teacher at OMS, both commented on the fundraiser.

“At the South Whitehall Police Department, we are very fortunate to have the support of our community,” Christman said. “To maintain that support, it is important for us to participate in community events and show our appreciation for local organizations.”

Christman said last year was the first time his staff participated in the No Shave November fundraiser.

“We chose the PCFLV because our officers were inspired by their program,” Christman said.

“This year when we were discussing which charity to choose a very senior Patrol Officer Richard Meckes said ‘Let’s help the kids again,’ so here we are.”

Klinger said he heard about the No Shave November fundraiser from School Resource Officer Darvin Faust.

“Our school was already hosting a No Shave November fundraiser and he thought it would be a great idea to have Parkland and the South Whitehall Police Department join up and support a cause,” he emailed The Press. “Our reason for collecting for the Pediatric Foundation of the Lehigh Valley was twofold.

“First, Officer Faust introduced us to the idea and second we have a student at the school who suffers from the disease.

“We have been working to educate and raise awareness for pediatric cancer at our school in the recent weeks.”

Klinger said the fundraiser has been a great opportunity for Parkland to reach out into the community and beyond.

“I hope in the future we can continue to work with the South Whitehall Police Department and raise money for a great cause,” he stated.

OMS teachers who took part in the fundraiser included Klinger, Brian Holtzhafer, Samuel Rhodes, Todd Gombos, Stephen Ott, Carlos Montes, Brian Fulmer, Michael Messerschmidt, Craig Waters, Patrick Murphy, Michael Palazzo, Mark Stana and Michael Ottlinger. South Whitehall Sgt. Ron Scholler and Sgt. Steve Brown explained why they took part.

Scholler said he has been cleaned shaved for 27 years, six years while in the Air Force and 21 years as a South Whitehall police officer.

“This is very different for me,” he said.

He said as a veteran and police officer, public service is in his blood.

“The desire to hold charitable causes runs right in line with my career,” Scholler said. “This is always an easy choice, itchy but easy.”

“Half way through November I complained to my fiancée about my beard itching while rigorously scratching my face and I declared ‘I’m so ready for this to be over.

“Danielle replied, ‘I’m sure kids with cancer feel the same way.’

“Suddenly my beard didn’t itch anymore.”

Brown has been cleaned shaved from the time he was in the military, so growing facial hair is always a challenge for him.

He said between the itchiness and patchiness, it is hard for him to go without shaving, but this cause is very important to him.

“I unfortunately encounter young cancer patients throughout the course of my job and it is very hard to see,” Brown stated. “A highlight of this month (November) was being able to do a morning show with a young cancer survivor at Orefield Middle School.

“It was very uplifting to her outgoing and enthusiastic personality.”

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Editor’s note: In Part II, Allentown Fire Chief Lee Laubach discusses reasons why the Allentown Fire Department took part in the Pediatric Cancer Society of the LV fundraiser.