This Wednesday evening, December 17th, is the annual Mustache for Kids: San Francisco ‘Stache Bash 08. Hundreds of participants across the country and in Canada have raised over $150,000 for children’s charities by growing a mustache for Donors Choose. Mr. Peacock has been known to grow a nice bushy ‘stache now and then, but has never grown his mustache for charity—and unfortunately missed the starting date for this fun event. Mustaches for Kids SF was able to raise about $23,000 last year for the Breakthrough Collaborative, a non-profit organization that helps low-income children to succeed in school.
This isn’t a free for all stache-a-thon, there are some rules to the madness. On "Clean Shaven Day," November 11, the growers all shaved bare as a baby’s bottom to ensure they all started off with a clean slate. Over the next month, only hair above the lip is allowed. All other hair must be sheared weekly to maintain the integrity of the ‘stache. No sideburns, no soul patches and absolutely no beards are allowed.
The mustache extravaganza will have rounds such as: the Guinness Beer Foam Retention Test, the Mustache Haiku, and other challenges devised to determine the "Sweetest Stache" at the Bash. Each ’Stache Bash participant is expected to raise a minimum of $50 by soliciting friends, family, and strangers for donations.
All of the photos shown, are from last year’s ‘Stache Bash (both contestants and attendees) and are courtesy of photographer, Grover Sanschagrin. You can see all of last year’s photos and purchase prints here, with all proceeds going to the Breakthrough Collaborative. Check out Grover's other amazing photography here.
This 'Stache Bash begins at 8:00pm at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco, click here for more details or directions to the club. Stop by and see the ‘staches and have a cocktail—it’s for a great cause. If you missed the “Clean Shaven Day” you can still make donations here, but if want to participate and show off your mustache prowess you’ll have to wait until next year's 'Stache Bash.