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Southern Surgical Arts is encouraging men to embrace their facial hair and let it grow to new lengths while simultaneously donating the money usually spent on grooming to the No-Shave Nooga cause.

The city of Chattanooga will unite for the first-ever No-Shave Nooga initiative to bring focus and funding to cancer organizations here in our community. The No-Shave November campaign, began in 2009 in Chicago to benefit the American Cancer Society and has grown to also benefit three additional national cancer organizations.

No-Shave Nooga was inspired by Dr. Talon Maningas, a facial plastic surgeon, of Southern Surgical Arts (SSA), a state-of-the-art cosmetic and facial plastic surgery center located in Chattanooga’s Southside.

“We are in an industry that is primarily focused on women, and I felt this would be a great way to bring our doctors together and make a difference toward a great cause,” said Dr. Maningas.

SSA’s founding partners, Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal, inspired by Maningas’, wanted to help connect the male demographic in their community with a campaign that would unite Chattanoogans around a great cause in a fun-spirited way.

“These days, nearly everyone is affected by cancer. We each have a family member, close friend, or neighbor with some form of the disease,” said Dr. Nease, M.D. “When Dr. Maningas suggested we do something as a practice group, we knew we could make it a win-win for the community and the organizations.”

Doctors Nease and Deal, along with surgical fellows Dr. Ricardo Bonnor and Dr. Talon Maningas, their team members, Tyler Cole, RN and Albert Romero, CRNA, and Chief Operating Officer Jason Merryman, MBA will be shelving their razors and growing their facial hair in an effort to raise awareness and funds as part of the No-Shave Nooga campaign. Four out of 10 people will be diagnosed with some form of disease during their lifetime, and this campaign aims to demolish this statistic.

A community-wide Shave-Off celebration will be held at the last Chattanooga Market of the 2015 season, November 22, in the First Tennessee Pavilion. Participants, both individuals and teams, who have already donated are invited to come get a clean shave or haircut. Anyone who missed the opportunity to donate beforehand or participate in a team will be welcomed with a $10 donation at the door.

Local beneficiaries include the Ronald McDonald House, the Austin Hatcher Foundation, the Pink Heals Chattanooga Area Chapter, the American Cancer Society, and the Greater Chattanooga Colon Cancer Foundation, and through a partnership with IHeart Radio and US101, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Local barbers will be on-hand to offer their services and all funds will go toward the No-Shave Nooga cause. As well as special appearances by Sassy, from 103.7 Kiss FM, Daniel, from the US101 Morning Show, and Styckman and Cowboy Kyle from the US101 Night Show. The Pink Heals fire truck and police cruiser will be on site with flashing lights and firemen dressed in pink fire suits for family-­friendly activities.

Chattanooga area businesses and community members are encouraged to make a pledge toward a donation and/or form teams at www.noshavenooga.com. Details can be found online or by emailing contact@ferminology.co11222510_477467122425457_7243862574506363274_n

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