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“Goatee Gamble”: Charities Chosen


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We told you yesterday about the $1,000 charity “wimp-out clause” in DC’s White House correspondents’ “Goatee Gamble.” Today, we hear that NBC’s Chuck Todd and ABC’s Jake Tapper have picked their charities.

According to Politico, Todd has chosen Samaritan Inns, which provides housing and recovery services to homeless and addicted men and women. And Tapper has picked Dr. Shershah Syed, an ob/gyn who helps women in Pakistan from complications due to pregnancy such as fistulas.

Again, for those of you just tuning in, the conditions of the bet are: if the Dodgers win the National League Championship Series, Tapper grows a goatee and if the Phillies win (and they’re one game closer), Todd shaves his goatee, or a $1,000 donation will be paid by the losing correspondent to the winner’s choice of charity.

More info about these two charities can be found after the jump…


Todd has chosen Samaritan Inns, which provides housing and recovery services to homeless and addicted men and women. Samaritan Inns’ Recovery Continuum Program has proven results in its unique holistic approach to recovery treatment providing structured housing and healing services in an environment of support and accountability giving homeless and addicted men and women the opportunity to rebuild their lives. A secure donation can be made on their website.

Tapper has picked Dr. Shershah Syed, an ob/gyn who has devoted himself to saving impoverished women in his native Pakistan from complications due to pregnancy such as fistulas. Syed is building a new maternity hospital and training midwives. Tax-deductible contributions can be made through Dr. Shershah Syed, c/o National Health Forum, P.O. BOX 240093, St. Louis, MO 63024. Put: “Dr. Syed’s project” in the subject line of the check. The phone number is 314-255-7409; email is nationalhealthforum@gmail.com. You can read about Syed’s work in this July column by Nicholas Kristof.

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