Tech’s Inter-Fraternity Council is hosting Movember, a philanthropy that benefits the Prostate Cancer Foundation, throughout the month of November.
Each organization that participates in this philanthropy volunteers a representative who will attempt to grow a mustache on his clean shaven face through the rest of November while raising money. Each mustache will be judged on its creativity, length and quality. The judges will also consider the amount of money raised by each contestant for his particular mustache.
This is not the first mustache competition hosted on Tech’s campus.
Fall 2009, Ben Hobbs, alumnus of Phi Gamma Delta, and David Horton, alumnus of Kappa Sigma, began the campaign at Tech.
“Prostate cancer is often overshadowed and over looked,” Jake Perry, IFC vice president of philanthropies, said.
He also said he felt that awareness was important since one in six males is diagnosed with prostate cancer.
In its first year, Movember raised approximately $130 with 26 participants.
With more participants and greater campus wide awareness, the 2010 campaign raised approximately $1000. Matt Nisbet, Greek Life Graduate Assistant, said he hopes for even better numbers this year.
“We wanted to have an IFC-sponsored philanthropy, so we founded Movember,” Nisbet said. “We’re expecting more participants, more money raised and more exposure.”
This year, IFC has also partnered with Vineyard Vines, a clothing company, which is providing shirts and other merchandise for participant winners.
Perry said that the IFC is encouraging non-greeks to participate in Movember, as well. If you’d like to participate go to mobro.co/ifc. For more information about Movember go to movember.com.