Posted Sunday, March 11th, 2018

A tip of the cap (and a tug on the beard) to County Clerk Ann Grossi and some game officers of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, who recently raised $300 for nonprofit Family Promise of Morris County.

photo of County Clerk Ann Grossi with post-contest officer Philip Deluca

County Clerk Ann Grossi with post-contest officer Philip Deluca

Grossi organized a vote-for-the-best-beard contest at the county government complex in Morristown, with voters encouraged to make a donation that would go to the nonprofit.

photo of (l/r) Family Promise Executive Director Joann Bjornson, Councty Clerk Grossi, and Family Promise Board President Stephen Hammond

(l/r) Family Promise Executive Director Joann Bjornson, Councty Clerk Grossi, and Family Promise Board President Stephen Hammond

Topping the vote tally was Officer Philip DeLuca, who bested several other officers who didn’t quite fare as well in the beards-for-charity competition. But thanks to all of the good sports for helping to raise a few dollars for a worthwhile organization.

Family Promise of Morris County is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending the crisis of homelessness faced by Morris County families.

Photo of Officer Deluca with his beard

Officer Deluca with his beard

It coordinates with other public and private agencies, religious congregations and community volunteers to provide shelter, case management and mentoring services leading to self-sufficiency.

Unique in its approach, Family Promise partners with more than 75 congregations of different faiths and 1,600 of their congregants to provide shelter, overnight staffing, breakfast, lunch and dinner to families.