Beards for Autism

Welcome to the 2nd Annual MAC Beard-a-thon!

The goal of the Beard-a-thon is to raise autism awareness during April’s Autism Awareness Month, as well as raise funds to support MAC’s autism therapy programs. But most importantly, it’s to have a good time together!

MAC staff, students, friends and family are invited to participate in this year’s Beard-a-thon. Participants state their chosen facial hair category, and collect pledges to support MAC.

Final competition will be held April 30 at 9:30 a.m. at the MAC School in Eagan, MN.

Check out the contestant photo gallery here


MJ Johnson. Kelly LoverudChris Sorensen. Kelly LoverudThis year we are partnering with the The Minneapolis Beard and Moustache Club, with all their mad beard skills and competition expertise. Check out their photos to get some major beard inspiration.

This year’s competition judges will include the MBMC leader and none other than the World Champion for Partial Facial Hair, MJ Johnson, as well as long-time competition mogul Chris Sorensen!

You might spot them around town serving up goods at Lakewinds Food Co-op in Richfield, offering the finest at Sunfish Cellars in Lilydale, or sipping the tastiest local brew at Dangerous Man Brewing Co. in NE Minneapolis (official sponsor of the MBMC).

Photos courtesy of Kelly Loverud Photography.



Moustache – A moustache. Styling aids are allowed. Use too much of your beard and you will get placed in Partial Beard. Judges look for style and magnificence.

Partial Beard – Styling aids allowed. Anything not a full beard and not a moustache. Classic styles like Goatees, Sideburns, Musketeers (3-point), Chinnies, Donegals, Imperials, and any number of other things. Judges look for commitment to the look and magnificence.

Beardzilla – Women’s fake beards. Made out of whatever the artist feels like. Judges look for creativity and style. Check out the USA Women’s Beard & Moustache Society for inspiration!

Full Beard – Full Beard with some length. Aids allowed. Looking for power and manliness.

30-Day Sprint – Start clean shaven, and show us what you can do in 30 days.

Pledge Race – Who among you can raise the most cash? Show yourselves! The Pledge Race category is open to teams. Form a team around a beard participant (in any one of the above categories), and collect pledges with that participant as your mascot.



  • All may participate (staff, clients, family members, friends of MAC).
  • Please register to participate by emailing Sarah Fortin (  Please state your chosen facial hair category, and you will receive a Pledge Form with additional instructions. Include all team members for Pledge Race category.
  • Each participant receives a Beard-a-thon t-shirt. This includes team members in the Pledge Race category.
  • All participants compete for prizes in each category, to be judged at our April 30 event. MAC staff competing will be released to attend the event at the MAC School in Eagan.
  • To compete in multiple categories, you pick which category you want to be in, and then let us know if it’s a 30-day Sprint (meaning you must start clean-shaven). Then, you can also form a team around the participant for the Pledge Race. So your team would compete with other teams to raise the most money.
  • All pledges must be received by MAC’s finance office by April 28, 2015 to count toward the Pledge Race category.



All pledges must be received by MAC’s finance office by April 28, 2015 to count toward the Pledge Race category.  Please make checks payable to Minnesota Autism Center.

1. Mail checks/cash to the below address, with your Beard participant’s in the memo line:

Minnesota Autism Center
Attn: Beards for Autism
5710 Baker Road
Minnetonka, MN 55345

2. If you wish to pay by credit card, click this donate button, and enter your Beard participant’s name by pressing “Add special instructions to the seller“. Pledges by credit card must be a minimum $5 pledge.