If you haven't noticed the influx of men walking around with carefully manicured mustaches, as if they were all baseball players from the 1970s or Burt Reynolds impersonators, then you're probably not aware of Movember. Basically, it's the only season where mustaches become a style trend (outside of Echo Park or Silverlake of course). But it's also part of a great cause. Movember takes place during the month of November as a celebration of the hairy upper lip in order to raise awareness and funds for men's health — with a focus on prostrate cancer.
Starting on November 1st, men all across the country joined Movember by shaving and then beginning a month-long growing and grooming process for their stache. After committing to not shaving, the participants reached out to their community for sponsorships while their nose hairs bloomed into a glorious mane of mustachio. A fundraising opportunity that once seemed absurd and comical has raised $299 million since 2003, and in 2011 alone, Movember raised $126.3 million. Staggering numbers. And it's a number reached by men and women creating events and opportunities all across the country, raising awareness and funds for cancer research.
OC Mofest 2012 happens Friday, November 30 at Don the Beachcomber. 12678 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. 7 p.m. $10 Donation Encouraged.