This January, 2012, in Boston, a yet-to-be-determined number of brave souls will sacrifice their faces – and dignities – as Growers for Mustaches for Kids. Our goal is to use our pushbrooms to raise at least $25,000 for www.donorschoose.org.
Conceptually, Mustaches for Kids works like the read-a-thons you did in grade school. Except there’s no reading requirement. And you’re growing a mustache. (OK – not exactly the same but you get the idea). Each Grower collects pledges from friends, co-workers, distant relatives, acquaintances, local merchants and bus drivers to sponsor their ‘stache.
Oh, one more thing… each ‘stache is limited to the Magnum P.I. ‘corner-to-corner’ style preferred by motorcycle cops and little league coaches the world over. No goatees, fu-mans, soul patches, stingers, or other redeeming facial hair is allowed.
The growing season begins at the Clean Shaven Day Kick-Off and for four glorious weeks thereafter, sweet, sweet ‘staches are cultivated. During the growing season, Growers and Sponsors have the opportunity to meet up at weekly Weigh-Ins to give each other moral support, enjoy a beverage or two, and compare their facial follicle follies. At the end of four weeks, a ‘Stache Bash Finale is held to determine whose ‘stache is sweetest, with much fame and hardware to go around.
This year’s crop of Growers will be a diverse group of men who all share at least two things in common – a desire to make a difference in the lives of some special kids and the ability to not take themselves too seriously.
Since 1999, Mustaches for Kids has spread across the United States and Canada, a steady expansion that is not unlike the measured, deliberate growth of a Mustache. Mustaches for Kids has enjoyed the efforts of an impressive number of Growers who, collectively, have raised more than $1.5 million for the children.