Prominent numismatist Michael "Miles" Standish will get his head shaved in public at the American Numismatic Association 2017 World’s Fair of Money® in Denver. The hair-raising act will raise money for the ANA and the nonprofit Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare.
Standish is an award-winning numismatic author and Senior Grader and Vice-President of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. The Austin, Texas-based Standish Foundation was launched in 2010 by his wife, Andrea Mangione Standish, a certified child life specialist. The foundation assists healthcare providers around the world to provide the tools and training they need to minimize healthcare-related pain and suffering in children.
The "Shave Miles" event will begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Booth 97, located next to the ANA Business and Messaging Center at the entrance to the World’s Fair of Money bourse floor in Hall F of the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The public is invited to watch.
"I may also have a well-known, surprise guest getting his head shaved, too," said Standish.
"The mission of the foundation is to have happy, healthy, resilient kids who haven’t been traumatized by healthcare experiences. This event is to help children get better care and to help an important hobby organization dear to me and so many others, the American Numismatic Association," he explained.
"Building strong relationships amongst community-based organizations is a hallmark of the American Numismatic Association. We are proud to partner with the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare during the World’s Fair of Money in Denver," said Kim Kiick, ANA Executive Director.
"Through combined efforts of the ‘Shave Miles’ event, we’re adding value into the vision of each organization – ensuring that the highest quality of education, training, and tools make the greatest impact in the communities we serve," Kiick emphasized.
All donations for this event are tax deductible and will be evenly divided between the ANA and the foundation. Checks should be made payable to the American Numismatic Association. Donations can be made at Booth 97 or at the ANA Business and Messaging Center, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and on the day of the event, Thursday, August 3, from 10 a.m. until all of Miles’ hair is shaved.
A native of Michigan, Standish began collecting in 1973 at the age of nine. In 2011, he was honored with the "Director’s Coin for Excellence" by then-Director of the United States Mint Edmund Moy.
He is co-author with former Chief Engraving of the United States Mint, John Mercanti, of the 2012 reference book, "American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program." Standish’s 2014 book, "Morgan Dollar: America’s Love Affair with a Legendary Coin," received the 2015 Numismatic Literary Guild award for Best Specialized Book.
Information about the ANA 2017 Denver World’s Fair of Money can be found at www.WorldsFairofMoney.com and information about the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare is at www.sf4c.org.