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Granite’s “Saving By Shaving” Event Raises Another $3.5 Million for Boston Children’s Hospital

QUINCY, Massachusetts – February 28, 2024Granite Telecommunications, a leading $1.85 billion provider of communications and technology solutions to businesses and government agencies, proudly concluded its 11th annual “Saving by Shaving” event, setting new benchmarks in its ongoing commitment to support pediatric research and treatments at Boston Children’s Hospital.

This year’s event upheld its legacy of giving and reached new heights in Granite’s long history of fundraising, amassing $3.5 million and elevating the 11-year cumulative total to $55 million, highlighting the company and community’s collective spirit in aiding those in need.

At Granite’s headquarters in Quincy, MA, a coalition of more than 700 Granite team members, Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey, personalities from the Boston Celtics, including coach Joe Mazzulla, guard Jrue Holiday, and front office leaders Brad Stevens and Allison Feaster, alongside New England Patriots legends Joe Andruzzi and Matt Light, as well as Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch and Kevin Churchwell, MD, President/CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital, joined forces for this year’s momentous effort. The event featured its signature head shaving and hair donation challenge, with Granite donating $2,500 for each participant, a sum matched by the Hale family, culminating in a $5,000 donation to The Every Child Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital for each participant. The funds raised will continue Granite’s legacy of supporting Boston Children’s Hospital, contributing to essential pediatric research and treatments for future generations of children.

Rob Hale, President and CEO of Granite, expressed his gratitude and awe at the event’s outcome, saying, “The passion and generosity of our community continue to amaze me. Every year, we come together with the goal of making a difference, and every year, we surpass our wildest expectations. This isn’t just about shaving heads; it’s about showing up for those in need and embodying the spirit of giving.”

Echoing this sentiment, Kevin B. Churchwell, MD, President and CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital, added, “The unwavering support from Granite Telecommunications and the entire community through the ‘Saving by Shaving’ event is truly inspirational. The funds raised play a crucial role in our ongoing research and treatment efforts, bringing hope and healing not just to our community, but to children and their families everywhere.”

Now in its 11th year, Granite’s “Saving by Shaving” event has garnered an overwhelming turnout from local leaders, celebrities, sports stars, and the Granite family, all united for a common cause. What began as a dare 11 years ago, when CEO Rob Hale jokingly challenged a member of his team to shave his ZZ Top-style beard in exchange for a donation to a nearby cancer hospital, has since evolved into a monumental movement. With over 10,000 participants to date, including sports icons such as Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, David Ortiz, and Drew Brees, as well as former Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, the event continues to grow in support of its mission to give children a brighter future.

Granite has been named the no. 1 most philanthropic company in Massachusetts on three occasions and has donated over $300 million to numerous charitable causes and initiatives. To learn more about Granite, visit

About Granite

Granite delivers advanced communications and technology solutions to businesses and government agencies throughout the United States and Canada. The $1.85 billion company serves more than two-thirds of Fortune 100 companies and has 1.75 million voice and data lines under management, supporting more than 650,000 locations. Founded in 2002, Granite has grown to be one of the largest competitive telecommunications carriers in the U.S. by simplifying sourcing and management of voice, data and cellular service with a single point of contact and consolidated invoicing for all locations nationwide. Today, Granite supports customers with a wide range of services, including access, UCaaS, mobile voice and data, and MSP solutions for SD-WAN, monitoring and network management. Granite employs more than 2,220 people at its headquarters in Quincy, Massachusetts, and 10 regional offices nationwide. For more information, visit

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Granite CEO Rob Hale presents a check to Kevin Churchwell, MD, President and CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital at Granite’s 11th Annual Saving by Shaving event. Left to right: Granite CEO Rob Hale; former New England Patriots player Matt Light; Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch; Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens; BCH President and CEO Kevin Churchwell, MD; Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey; Celtics Vice President of Team Operations and Organizational Growth Allison Feaster; Celtics guard Jrue Holiday; Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla; and former New England Patriots player Joe Andruzzi.
Granite CEO Rob Hale and team members stand proudly alongside a donation check destined for Boston Children’s Hospital.
Boston Celtics’ guard Jrue Holiday shaves head coach Joe Mazzulla’s hair at Granite’s 11th annual “Saving by Shaving” event.