Benevolent Beards - A Fundraising Event Sponsored by The Remi Group

Charlotte, NC, January 19, 2012 --( Benevolent Beards is a fundraising event sponsored by The Remi Group to benefit Levine Children's Hospital’s “Nephrology Special Needs Fund” (to help pediatric patients with kidney disorders).

Levine Children’s Hospital, located in Charlotte, NC, has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as being among the Top 50 “Best Children’s Hospitals” in the nation for care in pediatric nephrology (kidney disorders) for 2011-2012. Children with kidney disorders are often required to undergo kidney dialysis, which is a life-support procedure that is initiated when the kidneys fail. It involves the removal of extra body fluids and/or waste products from the blood using an artificial kidney. Intermittent treatments are provided for a few hours every day or every 2-3 days; continuous methods provide slow, constant dialysis on a 24-hour per day basis.

As one can imagine, pediatric kidney disorders place tremendous emotional, physical, and financial stress on families. Work schedules are interrupted as days or weeks are spent with the child in the hospital or traveling to various doctor’s appointments. The financial burden is huge and difficult to measure as only certain costs are covered by medical insurance. The Nephrology Special Needs Fund was created by the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation to relieve some of the financial burden families are currently experiencing while their child undergoes kidney dialysis.

The Remi Group’s Benevolent Beards participants ended November 2011 without any, or very little, facial hair. They will spend December 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 growing the best looking beard in an effort to raise as much money as possible for Levine Children's Hospital's Nephrology Special Needs Fund (pediatric kidney disorders). The Remi Group will donate 100% of the money collected to this fund. By April 1, 2012, the participant that raises the most money will be presented with a special plaque.

Visit to vote for the best looking beard by making an online donation and receive a colored wristband as a thank you for your generosity.

Jennifer Daugherty is a Business Development Coordinator for The Remi Group LLC, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information visit The Remi Group website, or call 1-888-451-8916 #1.

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Jennifer Daugherty