MOORHEAD — A Fargo man is clean shaven for the first time in nearly half a century after a promise he made for Giving Hearts Day.

Steve Gehrtz, co-founder and principal construction manager of Gehrtz Construction Services, agreed to shave his mustache if the Moorhead Legacy Education Foundation’s Food for Thought Program raised at least $100. Additionally, he also pledged to stay bare-faced one extra day for every $100 donated.

On the morning of Friday, Feb. 12, Gehrtz, members of the Moorhead Legacy Education Foundation, and a couple of employees from Gehrtz's construction company gathered at the Deluxe Barber Shop in Moorhead to bear witness to Gehrtz's haircut and ensure he followed through and shaved his mustache.

In the end, Gehrtz raised over $8,000 for the Food for Thought program, meaning his prized mustache will be gone for at least 80 days. The Moorhead Legacy Education Foundation raised nearly $29,000 in total, including Gehrtz's contribution.

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