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Mustache contest raises money for children


April 28, 2008

More than three dozen members of a student-led group at Wake Forest University have spent the past four weeks growing mustaches in a fund-raising contest to help children in Africa.

Modeled after the national nonprofit organization Mustaches for Kids, the Wake Forest group will hold a ’Stache Bash at 6 p.m. April 29 at Shorty’s in the Benson University Center, where an independent panel of judges will decide who grew the “sweetest” mustache.  The event is free and open to the public.

Total pledges will be announced at the event, and all funds will be donated to Nothing But Nets, a charity that provides mosquito netting to combat malaria in Africa.

To participate in the contest, the “growers” gathered April 1 at Shorty’s for “Clean-Shaven Day” to kick off the contest.  Since then, they have endured good-natured ribbing from friends while gathering pledges of financial support.

This is the inaugural year for Mustaches for Kids at Wake Forest.  Mustaches for Kids is a volunteer-run organization started in Los Angeles in 1999 to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a  nonprofit organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses.

For more information about the fundraiser, visit www.wakemustaches.org or contact Teddy Koch at kocheb3@wfu.edu or Kevin Joyce at joycka4@wfu.edu.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


Wake Forest student Teddy Koch helped organize Mustaches for Kids, a four-week mustache-growing contest, to help raise funds that will be donated to Nothing But Nets, a charity that provides mosquito netting to families in Africa to combat the spread of malaria.  Koch is shown here at the start of the contest April 1.
Wake Forest student Teddy Koch helped organize Mustaches for Kids, a four-week mustache-growing contest, to help raise funds that will be donated to Nothing But Nets, a charity that provides mosquito netting to families in Africa to combat the spread of malaria. Koch is shown here at the start of the contest April 1.
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Wake Forest student Teddy Koch, shown four weeks into the contest organized by Mustaches for Kids.
Wake Forest student Teddy Koch, shown four weeks into the contest organized by Mustaches for Kids.
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