Basin Electric continues to Brave the Shave

Eleven years ago, Basin Electric supported a head-shaving event to raise money for a national pediatric cancer research organization. Throughout the years, the Brave the Shave event  has grown by leaps and bounds, moving from the boardroom at Basin Electric’s headquarters to a packed event at the Missouri Valley Family YMCA and beyond Bismarck to locations across North Dakota, South Dakota, and even into Wyoming.

The focus of support has expanded over the years, moving away from solely childhood cancer research to a more local approach with the start of the Brave the Shave Family Fund, which supports area families with the many added expenses that accompany a childhood cancer diagnosis, while continuing support for research.

This year, Brave the Shave ventured out on its own, receiving its federal IRS designation as a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt charity and is now independent of Basin Electric.

But even though it is no longer a Basin Electric event, the cooperative family still showed its support through a $150,000 pledge, which will be given over the next three years. And employees came out to show their support by volunteering their time to the cause, donating to their favorite shavee, and, of course, by shaving their heads.

Here are some pictures of some of Basin Electric’s employee-led teams at this year’s events.

AVS BTS team

The Antelope Valley Station “Chrome Domes,” Leland Olds Station‘s “Gone in 60 Seconds,” and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 1593 teams all participated in the Mercer County event on April 10.


Even the ‘stache must go! The Laramie River Station team, which included laborer Joseph Brown, participated in the Wheatland, Wyoming event on May 4.

HDQ team

To shave or not to shave … that is the question. Tucker Smith, left, Basin Electric commodity quantitative analyst and Headquarters team captain, shaved every year since Brave the Shave began, but decided to change it up this year … by raising money to NOT shave his head. By meeting his fundraising goal, he agreed to not cut his hair until it is long enough to donate. Pictured right is Joey Schrepel, power modeling engineer II, who did shave his head.

Dry Fork Station

Ryan Shirley, mechanical technician I at Dry Fork Station, has shaved his head every time an event has been held at the facility. This year’s event was held April 5 at Dry Fork, and included a raffle for a side-by-side vehicle.


  1. Great job everyone!

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