8/28: Year of the Beard Guest Beard-Tending

Back in December — when most of us were considering doing away with cigarettes, desserts or some other vice for the new year — Andy Bindernagel was pondering what he could add to his life. The final decision? Three-hundred-and-sixty-five days’ worth of facial hair. After nearly eight months of not shaving, Bindernagel may look like a cross between Charles Manson and Genghis Khan, but he’s letting his face run wild for a good reason. So far his fundraiser — appropriately titled Year of the Beard — has raised more than $1,600 for Cleveland's Domestic Violence Center. Bindernagel gathered these donations through monthly sponsorships on his website, sales of Year of the Beard T-shirts and a raffle held at McCarthy’s Ale House back in March. This week he’ll hold his second fundraising event, at Forti’s Bourbon, Beer & Eatery (746 Prospect Ave., 216.575.0226). Bindernagel — and a well-whiskered friend — will be guest “beard-tending.” The two may have more experience avoiding razors than bartending, but happy-hour prices and knowing that all tips will go to Year of the Beard should be reason enough to stop by. The event runs from 8 p.m.-midnight. It’s free. — Matt Whelihan

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