If perfectly normal, attractive guys are going to be marring their faces with the kind of mustaches preferred by 1970s porn stars and current cast members of the reality show Swamp People, it better be for a good cause.
Such is the power and the pain of Movember, which raises money and awareness for prostate and testicular cancers, the former of which will affect one in six men during their lifetimes. This year one group of 20 Houston men has banded together with a goal of raising more money than any other team in the country — one they are close to acheiving.
Houston Handlebars is made up of a group of high school friends that have been competing in Movember for three years, but that expanded this year to raise more money and compete nationwide. Now the Handlebars have raised nearly $21,000, putting them in the top 10 teams nationwide. Per capita the team has raised more than virtually any other group in the United States, with those at the top of the leaderboard competing with as many as 180 members on their team.
"At first it was a little weird, it took about 10 days to really come in and it started to itch a little, but now I kinda like it," said first-year team member Mitchel May of his new mustache.
On Saturday the Houston Handlebars will be holding a fundraiser at Lizzards Pub that will include happy hour pricing all day and food and shot specials that will benefit the team. Supporters can also donate to individuals or to the team at their Movember team page through Dec. 9.
In other Movember fundraising, on Nov. 29, Karbach Brewing Co. is holding an event and mustache competition with $12 admission.
Don't forget, the sooner we can make a difference in the fight against cancer, the sooner these guys can shave again.