By Renee Riege
12 Feb

Walk for 1 in 100 Spotlight: Villains With Heart

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Bearded Villains are a worldwide brotherhood of elite bearded men from all over the world who are dedicated to the beard, charity, family, respect, and loyalty. The Tennessee Chapter of the Bearded Villains, known as the Three Star Villains, was established in March 2015. With a brotherhood that spans around the United States and the world, the Three Star Villains learned of Villains in other parts of the country whose family and lives had been affected by congenital heart defects.

In 2017, members of the Tennessee chapter became social media friends with Renee Riege, a tetralogy of Fallot survivor and ACHD warrior. Renee was already working to raise money for the Nashville Congenital Heart Walk, when the Three Star Villains, under the leadership of Colin Little, asked if they could assist in raising money for the cause. In the spring of 2017, the Three Star Villains and Villains from surrounding states attended the Nashville walk to support Renee and other CHD and ACHD warriors and families.

Each year since, the Three Star Villains, with the aid and support of Villains and their supporters around the world, have raised money through a beard and mustache competition, raffles, auctions, and even a lip sync battle on Instagram where the co-captain of the Three Star Villains, Josh Moore, agreed to lip sync any song request for a donation to the walk. In 2018, Villain members from as far away as Miami and Wisconsin came to Nashville to support the Three Star Villains and help raise money and awareness for CHD research, education and programs.

The Villains always make their time raising awareness for this cause fun for everyone around them.  They have been the life of the party at the past walks in Nashville and work to make each year’s fundraising drive bigger and better than the previous year. They are excited to continue that tradition at ACHA’s new Walk for 1 in 100 this year in Nashville.

The Three Star Villains have their beard and mustache competition fundraiser scheduled for March 2, 2019, at the Crying Wolf in Nashville. Registration starts at 4 p.m. and the competition starts at 6 p.m. You are invited to join Renee, the Three Star Villains and members of this amazing organization from all over the country, as they help bring awareness to ACHD and its warriors.

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