Three months of razor reprieve for Wilton police officers means more support for Wilton charitable organizations.

This year 24 officers participated as part of the Wilton Police Benevolent Association‘s (PBA) effort in the annual “Movember” no shave fundraiser for charity, raising a total of $2,950. During the months of November, December and January, Wilton police officers donate $50 per each month they take part and are permitted to grow facial hair in support of men’s health awareness.

Money raised during November and December were given to help  Wilton’s Capt. Tom Conlan and his family who lost their home due to a fire last fall, and the officers chose to donate split January’s donations evenly between Trackside Teen Center and the Wilton Food Pantry, giving $400 to each organization.

“The Wilton Police Benevolent Association has always seen the value of giving back to our community,” says PBA President Lt. David Hartman. “We are always looking for a way to help those in need, weather it is Trackside in their efforts to provide a safe environment for our teens or Wilton Social Services in their effort to put food on the table of those in need. We recognize the value of people and want to do our part to help those that we serve.”

Hartman also gave credit to police officials with making sure officers would be able to take part in “no-shave November.”

“We have been participating in the No Shave for several years with the support of the Wilton Police Commission and Chief [John] Lynch. Without their support none of this would have been possible.”

That help is very valued by the community, as Trackside director Mark Ketley is quick to point out.

“Trackside has a close relationship with the Wilton Police and their support throughout the year at various events is terrific. Wilton is so fortunate to have such a great police department that really cares about the community that it serves,” he says.

Pictured above is Trackside director Mark Ketley and PBA president Lt. David Hartman.