I love mustaches.Â It may be genetic.Â My stoic German mother once described Tom Selleck as “dreamy.”Â And he is.Â (Although Burt Reynolds gives me the creeps.)
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of sifting through photos of famous mustached men to use for the MOvember Bash poster.Â (I now have about 10 photos of Tom Selleck on my computer’s desktop, beckoning me to take a break from work.)Â For those of you who have not had the pleasure of experiencing MOvember, here’s the run-down:
“The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember.Â Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of menâ€™s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1stÂ clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month.Â The moustache becomes the ribbon for menâ€™s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men.Â Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.
The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia.Â The plan was simple â€“ to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for menâ€™s health. The guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about menâ€™s health.Â Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global menâ€™s health movement.
In 2004 the campaign evolved and focused on raising awareness and funds for the number one cancer affecting men â€“ prostate cancer. 432 Mo Bros joined the movement that year, raising $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia – representing the single largest donation they had ever received.
The Movember moustache has continued to grow year after year, expanding to the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Finland.Â In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising $42 Million US equivalent dollars for Movemberâ€™s global beneficiary partners.” – www.movember.com
The Toasted Frog is MOvember heaven.Â All of the (male) servers are sporting ‘staches.Â I’m not sure of all of the participating businesses in town, but I know that Amazon is one of them.Â You can donate to Team Grand Morks at www.movember.com.Â Proceeds benefit the Livestrong Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
On December 2nd, there will be aÂ MOvember Bash at the Empire with food, booze, live music, mustache trivia and, of course, daring mustaches from the gentlemen participating in the fundraiser.
(Don’t worry, women, you can sport fake mustaches, available at the bash!)
Take a look at the nifty poster I designed last night.Â For those of you who are Burt Reynolds fans, you’re welcome.Â To everyone else (the vast majority of people), I’m sorry.