Novembeard Kicks Off Seventh Year of Fundraising Benefiting the Hospice and Palliative Care Programs at Nationwide Childrens Hospital

October 23, 2017

For the seventh-consecutive year, Novembeard will raise money for the Hospice and Palliative Care Programs at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Created in 2011 by then-Nationwide associate David Rhodeback and several of his co-workers, Novembeard encourages men in central Ohio to make a difference in the community by growing out their beard during the month of November.

The Novembeard kick-off party will take place at North High Brewing Production Facility on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 1-5 p.m.

Those interested can register and customize their personalized participant page by visiting On Nov. 1, “Bearders” should start with a clean-shaven face and avoid shaving for the rest of the month. Through the registration portal on the Nationwide Children’s website, participants will be asked to fundraise on behalf of the hospital’s Hospice and Palliative Care Programs.

The Novembeard Shave-Off Party at Fadó Irish Pub at Easton Town Center is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 30 from 6-9 p.m.

In its first year of fundraising, Novembeard raised more than $1,500 with nearly 50 “Bearders” and the support of central Ohio businesses and organizations including Fadó Irish Pub, North High Brewing, Holy Moses Hair, Wine on High, Thug Life Shirts and Elevator Brewing. Since 2011, Novembeard has raised over $110,000 with hundreds of participants and has continued to grow through the partnership with Nationwide Children’s Pleasure Guild.

The Hospice Program at Nationwide Children’s serves to provide children with life-limiting illnesses the opportunities to play, laugh, learn and remain home where they may be surrounded by family and friends. Offered to children and families either inpatient or living at home, the goal of the hospital’s Palliative Care Program is to help patients achieve the best possible quality of life.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at