BENEFITING: Camp Hanover
Camp Hanover's past director, Bob Pryor, will shave his beard for the first time in 44 years if we can collectively raise at least $10,000 for camp!
Hello All! My name is Mark Pryor. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to give this video a look and for considering making a donation to a worthy cause.
For almost 60 years Camp Hanover has been a place where children, youth, and adults have been able to live in community in the wonder and beauty of nature, living and learning in an atmosphere of Christian hospitality. Over those years thousands of people have experienced and benefited from this “place apart.”
Camp Hanover is an incredibly special place for me and not just because I lived there for most of my life. I have seen firsthand the positive effects that Camp has had on so many people. I have experienced the unique and powerful friendships that Camp creates and nurtures. It is truly a place apart that gives people the confidence and love to be themselves without many of the modern societal pressures and technological and media distractions that sometimes prevent us from being the person that is most true to ourselves. It is a place where you can learn to say what you mean in constructive and honest ways within a supportive atmosphere. In a time when people are increasingly staying plugged-in and indoors a place like Camp Hanover is more important than ever.
Many of Camp’s facilities are pushing 60 years old. Although the mission of camp is still to be lived out, many of the facilities are at the end of their useful life. People’s expectations and needs for a retreat facility have changed over the years. In order to minister to people, they must be on site where they experience first hand that “place apart.” If they deem Camp Hanover to be a place that won’t meet their needs, they won’t come. Without changing its core values, Camp must adapt to the times and attempt to meet the needs of its guests.
You can help make this possible by supporting the Fundrazor campaign. Your donation will determine what Camp will look like in the future as it continues its ministry. Your donation will also determine what Bob’s face will look like in the future.
A brief history of the beard: Bob Pryor has not shaved his beard in 44 years! None of the thousands of campers and counselors that he has known by name and cared for in over 30 years of being a camp director have ever seen his bare face. His children have never been granted the simple right of seeing their father clean-shaven and respectable looking. His WIFE has never had the pleasure of seeing the contour of her husband’s jawline. O’ the mystery! O’ the injustice! Now is our chance to right this grievous wrong!
You all are probably asking yourself: Is this real?? Yes! It is real! Bob Pryor has agreed to shave his beard, that iconic white beard of his, but you don’t have to take my word for it...
Bob Pryor writes:
“44 years and counting. Yeah, that's how long it’s been since anyone, including me have seen my chin, my upper lip, my jaws. Not even the sun has touched the skin beneath these whiskers. Now that I think about it...I bet it will be so pale and white underneath that it won’t look very different...
“So why do it? Why shave off my beard? I am glad to do it and give permission for it to be done for two reasons. One, my son, Mark, has, for years, bugged me to shave it off. For whatever reason he has, I want to give him a moment to behold his clean shaven father. Enjoy it while it lasts, I don't plan on doing this again.
“The second reason I'm consenting to do this is for a cause greater than Mark, greater than me, greater than all of you who may decide to support this "unveiling." It's to raise money for a ministry that has changed and enriched hundreds and thousands of lives, including mine. I'm going to shave off my beard if you all raise over $10,000 for Camp Hanover, money which will enhance the program and help them to achieve their mission to "provide a place apart for renewal and growth in an environment of Christian hospitality." Now that is a cause worthy of shaving for. Camp Hanover is a place where God works through campers, staff, and the beauty of the setting to nurture those who pass through its gates. It's a place where one feels God's presence and where the Christ in each person is challenged to blossom and grow.
“I'm excited about this challenge, about the good that can come from the reaching of the goal, and all the fun that hopefully each of you will have when you see the "defoliated" Bob. Let's make a difference for the good by getting rid of this hairy face.”
*****This fundraiser is a little different than your standard crowdfunding donation request. Working on a limited budget we do not have any incentive gifts to give you at different levels of donation. The only thing we can offer is an awesome and fun follow up video of the shaving and unveiling of Bob's hairless face that Aaron Houghton and I have already begun to write. You will also receive the satisfaction of knowing that you donated to a place that holds a special place in so many hearts. So, please, give what you can/want, and remember, you're donating to a 501c3 so your donation is TAX DEDUCTIBLE! Also, for Bob to shave the beard, we have to raise at least (let's shoot higher, eh?) $10,000, so after you donate send it to all your Camp friends, normal friends, relatives, co-workers, share it on all your social media, anything helps! Let's try to have it done by mid-June 2016 and I will work hard to have that video done within a month or two!
***** Beardless Bob not enough for you? Here's another incentive that you might want to consider before thinking that your donation is large enough: Camp Hanover has plans to fix up a number of the lake trails. Plans that include adding boardwalks. Suppose we raise a bit beyond our $10,000 goal...we could, say, name one of these boardwalks the “Beardwalk”. Wouldn’t that be worth doubling your donation, and encouraging all your friends to do the same?
***** A resounding Thank You! goes out to the following people: Aaron Houghton, without whom this project would have never been more than a script, Thad Parker for providing direction, equipment, and a place to edit, Kathryn Mayer for being an awesome and game actor, Jon Houghton for composing the “Chase Scene” music, Allie Smith for putting the final touches on the video, all our interviewees, Doug Walters for being brave and letting a couple weirdos do a weird fundraiser for Camp, and Bob Pryor/Dad for being stubborn and making his son work for something he wants.
***This fundraiser was conceived of and produced separately from Camp Hanover, but with Camp’s blessing and encouragement.***