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!
A few end-of-Movember celebratory photos…
Once again, thanks to the many, many folks who made this yet another incredibly successful mustache season! Hugs and love to you all!