On August 21, 2014, a man named Frederick Von Knox posted an Instagram photo of two crossed swords and the words “Bearded Villains” (hereinafter referred to as BV) written in grey. Unbeknownst to him, that photo would start an empire of bearded brothers across the world. What started as an Instagram page to showcase cool beards and a clothing line, has evolved into something not even its originator could’ve imagined.On April 10, 2015 the Miami Chapter was born. 16 men met up with each other to take pictures, but more importantly, to discuss how they were going to change the image of the bearded man forever. This brotherhood began as a support system and friendship, and quickly became an attractive comradeship. When the Miami Chapter got together, they wanted to be more than just a brotherhood. They wanted to be a symbol of hope and prosperity.On April 24, 2015, the Miami Chapter did their first charity event. Partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, they not only made a three year old leukemia patient’s wish come true but they saved his life using their BV network. This act of selflessness and love for their community made the Miami Chapter the talk of their community all while inspiring their BV community to begin partaking in charity events as well. During 2016, BV as a whole has participated in over 75 different charities worldwide. In other words, all 95 worldwide BV chapters have contributed to a charity.The Miami Chapter has worked with : Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and Camillus House. They have also participated in several walks such as: Walk to Defeat LS, Autism Walk, Walk to Cure Arthritis, Race for the Cure (Breast Cancer fundraiser) to name some. The Miami Chapter has also been involved with the school system in the Miami-Dade County area by assisting with refurbishing their facilities and collecting back-to-school supplies for inner city kids.Realizing the impact their participation has had on their club and on the community alike, the Miami Chapter will not be stopping there. More than presence in numbers, the Miami Chapter knows it thrives off the quality of its presence. It would not have have gotten where it is today if it weren’t for the roles of every single member, officer, prospect and prospect hopeful has played in pursuing their goals, both past and present. The Miami chapter hopes to continue to plunge into every year with the same momentum it picked up and exited 2016 with. They hope their efforts draw interests from the community more broadly, thus evoking more involvement and planting a deeper understanding of their City’s needs, and desire to provide where, and what what we can.”Beards have brought us together. Love for our city has united us.””Common interests brought us together. Beards helped us build bonds. Respect and honor keep us a brotherhood and made us a family. But, most importantly, love for our city unites us with the community we aim to serve.””It isn’t about the money or time we’ve donated to charities, it’s the impact an act of kindness has on families, including ours. Serving people who are unable to acquire what they need for whatever reason brings us a sense of purpose every time we are able to deliver.” – Daniel Perez, Bearded Villains Miami Chapter captain.