FARGO — In a show of support for Fargo's Jail Chaplains program this Giving Hearts Day, Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner made a deal.
If the jail faith program reached its fundraising goal of $100,000, the sheriff agreed to let Skill Cutz owner Will Dort shave "giving hearts" into his hair.
While the program was about $30,000 short of its goal early Thursday evening, Jahner decided to go forward with his end of the bargain anyway.
Standing on a stage at the Dakota Medical Foundation, he revealed his new haircut alongside WDAY anchors Kerstin Kealy and Dana Mogck on the 6 p.m. news.
When asked by Mogck if he was worried about what the final product might look like, Jahner said he didn't have any concerns.
"I checked Will's hands out before we started; they were steady," the sheriff said. "I'm sure it looks really good."
Dort, who first became involved with the Jail Chaplains program in 2006, credits it with turning his life around.
"It's been incredible from where I was and where I am today and I'm grateful that God sent such awesome people with an awesome organization ... to send a message that changed my heart," he said. "So many other people have been touched by this."
Since 2008, $80 million has been raised on Giving Hearts Day. That doesn't count Thursday's total, which exceeded more than $18 million by 11 p.m. More than 400 local charities benefit from the region's generosity.