‘Movember’ is for mustaches, a good cause | AspenTimes.com

‘Movember’ is for mustaches, a good cause

Charles Agar
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” From long hippie beards to cropped military mustaches, facial hair is known for its political ties, but members of the Aspen Given Foundation want your growth to really count.

Beginning Thursday, Aspen men are invited to “grow a mo” for the nonprofit’s “Movember,” a worldwide effort to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and increase awareness about men’s health issues.

The Aspen Given Foundation, a nonprofit that provides free health programs and education in the Roaring Fork Valley, will hold events in Aspen during November, including a Nov. 6 lecture about prostate cancer as well as free screenings all month.

At a gala celebration Nov. 29 at Belly Up Aspen, the mustache growers will take the stage for a 1970s-themed party and collect prizes ranging from “Best Mo” to “Best Porn Mo.”

“It’s actually been going on in New Zealand and Australia for the last few years,” said Pamela Herr, the foundation’s executive director. But this year, in cooperation with the Aspen Skiing Co., she decided to bring the event to Aspen as a way to raise awareness about men’s health.

“One in six men get prostate cancer. It’s a higher rate than breast cancer. It’s highly treatable if checked,” Herr said. “That’s the whole idea behind Movember ” to get guys talking about things they don’t normally talk about.”

Buttermilk already fielded a 23-member team of mustache-growers called the “Milk Mos,” and other local teams are forming, Herr said.

And while the ladies can’t join the facial hair competition, women can volunteer as “Mo Sistas” to help out with events in support of their “Mo Brothas” growing mustaches for a cause, Herr said.

For more information or to register a team, visit http://www.movember.com.

Charles Agar’s e-mail address is cagar@aspentimes.com.

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