02.Jan.2013 Movember Moustache Photo Diary 2012: Days 28, 29, 30, and the end of the month Mo recap and wrap up

In 2011, the Ministry of Mustache Growth & Management raised an astounding $20,700. I hoped we could rise as high in the fundraising this year, but was very skeptical. I mean, last year, we aimed for $10K and somehow made it to $20K. I didn’t think we could be that lucky two years in a row.

Of course, luck had nothing to do with it. Between our 80 members and all of ours/their generous and supportive friends and family, we raised a grand total of $24,434! Incredible.

The Midwest led the pack at $15,251 with the Northwest steadfastly supporting with $8,723. On top of that, eight of our members made it to the platinum club by raising $1,000, and we had 60 of our 80 members raise $10 or more… Yeah, that’s a pretty successful year!

Last year, I awarded my co-captain and brother Dan Gibbons with the unofficial M.M.G.M. MVP award as he, as a first time captain, led his team to $12K. This year, I gotta give it to Peyton Manning look-a-like Joe Harrington for reaching $3,124 as a first time mo bro. Nicely done, Joe!

And, our last big accomplishment, both teams dominated their regional networks (for a while, at least). M.M.G.M. Northwest led Portland-based fundraising when the trophy for the highest fund-raising team was awarded on November 30 (though we’ve since been surpassed), and the Midwest topped Chicago’s fundraising—an honor they’ve retained. Teamwork, as they say, makes the dream work.

All in all, another crazy successful, awesomely amazing, and super fun mustache season! Thanks so much to all of the amazing folks who joined the Ministry this season! We could not have done it without your enthusiastic and tireless mustache efforts all month! And, thanks to everyone who donated or spread the word! Every little bit helps, and all those little bits added up to a helluva lot.

Now, indulge yourself in a whole mess of mustache photos!

DAY 28

Brett White: November 28, 2012 (Northwest)

Brett White: November 28, 2012 (Northwest)

Dan Gibbons, Ryne Gavigan, Timur Selimkhanov, Steve Olson, and Santa Claus: Movember 28, 2012 (Midwest)

Dan Gibbons, Ryne Gavigan, Timur Selimkhanov, Steve Olson, and Santa Claus: Movember 28, 2012 (Midwest)

DAY 29

Brett White: Movember 29, 2012 (Northwest)

Brett White: Movember 29, 2012 (Northwest)

Marco McFarren: Movember 29, 2012 (Northwest)

Marco McFarren: Movember 29, 2012 (Northwest)

DAY 30

Brett White: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

Brett White: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

Chris Tongue: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

Chris Tongue: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

Chris Owens: Movember 1 through 30, 2012 (International)

Chris Owens: Movember 1 through 30, 2012 (International)

Christian Lipski: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

Christian Lipski: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

Corey Abad: Movember 30, 2012 (Midwest)

Corey Abad: Movember 30, 2012 (Midwest)

Dave Gibbons: Movember 30, 2012 (Midwest)

Dave Gibbons: Movember 30, 2012 (Midwest)

Jeremy Atkins: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

Jeremy Atkins: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

Jim Gibbons: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

Jim Gibbons: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

Josh Wright, aka Josh Wrong: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

Josh Wright, aka Josh Wrong: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

Kyle Johnson: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

Kyle Johnson: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

Shawn Ingersoll: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

Shawn Ingersoll: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

Spencer Newlin-Cushing: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

Spencer Newlin-Cushing: Movember 30, 2012 (Northwest)

A few end-of-Movember celebratory photos…

A candy mustache sent to me by my supportive friend Lynsea Garrison.

A candy mustache sent to me by my supportive friend Lynsea Garrison.

Corey Abad and Dan Gibbons at the Chicago Movember Gala Party.

Corey Abad and Dan Gibbons at the Chicago Movember Gala Party.

Medline Mo Bros.

Medline Mo Bros.

Medline Mo Bros... and fireworks!

Medline Mo Bros… and fireworks!

The Highest Fundraising Team trophy for the Portland area.

The Highest Fundraising Team trophy for the Portland area.

A few members of M.M.G.M. Northwest with our mustachioed prize!

A few members of M.M.G.M. Northwest with our mustachioed prize!

Once again, thanks to the many, many folks who made this yet another incredibly successful mustache season! Hugs and love to you all!

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