Beards for Borucki: Cops’ fundraiser includes ‘shave off,’ dinner

The beards are back — for now.

Typically clean-shaven Trumbull police officers will get an unusual sight in the mirror throughout the month of December when they can grow beards during the department’s Beards for Borucki fundraiser, which has been launched for veteran officer Michael Borucki.

The 19-year veteran was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, and the department is seeking donations from its own members — in the form of grown beards or goatees, as well as residents at a sponsored fundraiser at Vazzy’s Four Seasons in Stratford from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8 or at “shave off” ceremony at Jo Davi Salon and Boutique on Monroe Turnpike at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9.

For this month though, it’s all about the officers — and how much facial hair they’re willing to grow.

Lt. Leonard Scinto, the department’s spokesman, said that that officers donate $100 to grow a beard or $50 to grow a goatee.

Chief Michael Lombardo has greenlit the fundraiser as Trumbull’s own version of November’s Male Cancer Awareness Month, which receives participation from police officers across several area departments every year.

Borucki and his wife Kristine have two teenaged sons, Lt. Scinto said.

The funds raised from the beards and goatees, and the dinner and shave off at Vazzy’s will go directly to Borucki and his family.

Tickets to the dinner are $40, and may be purchased by calling 203-261-3665.

The salon is located at 140 Monroe Tpke.

The shave off will be catered with a buffet by a local restaurant, Prime One eleven of 51 Monroe Tpke. Trumbull CT.

Furthermore, Bic Corporation, of Milford CT. will be providing shavers as a show of support.   Any other businesses of persons who wish to support the event can do so by contacting detective Robert Coppola at the police department at 203-261-3665.