By STEFAN GESTWICKI
OBSERVER Staff Reporter
It was a Movember to remember for Team Mullet Cup.
OBSERVER Photo by Stefan Gestwicki
Team Mullet Cup held its Movember celebration at Coughlin’s Pub on Saturday night. The team, through growing mustaches, raised nearly $4,000 towards prostate cancer research and awareness. Team Mullet Cup consisted of 27 mustache-growing men. Pictured, from left, are team members Dave Wright, Mike Pachol, Joe Gould, the Mullet Cup, Jim Rozen, Jamie Oaks and Luke Buehler.
The team of 27 area men helped raise nearly $4,000 towards prostate cancer research by growing mustaches of all shapes and sizes during the month of November.
The men began the month - affectionately referred to as Movember - clean shaven, and used their impending mustaches as sources to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues.
"My friend Dave Searles got diagnosed with prostate cancer in October," Team Captain Joe Gould said. "He actually has two treatments left, Monday and Tuesday, and he'll be totally free. It really got me motivated to form a team and try to raise money."
Team Mullet Cup held an end-of-the-month celebration at Coughlin's Pub in Fredonia on Saturday. The party was a sendoff to the mustaches, of course, but also another chance to raise funds through donations, a 50/50 drawing and other efforts.
"My goal was $1,000," Gould added. "I didn't think we'd ever reach that. Then I thought $2,000 would be awesome. Potentially reaching $4,000 is unbelievable."
Of course, all of this was made possible by the brave mustache-growing men and the numerous supporters of the Movember movement.
"I'd just like to say thank you to all the 27 team members," Gould continued. "They have worked very hard to get donations. We have donations from friends in Boston, Chicago, North Carolina and South Carolina.
"I'd also like to thank Coughlin's Pub for letting us have both our 'Shave the Date' and our 'Team Mo' parties here," Gould added. "Thanks to Dave Wright and P*Dubs for donating food. Wal-Mart donated a $50 gift card. The Vet's Club of Dunkirk donated $40. Thanks to everybody who donated."
Though this was the first year for Team Mullet Cup, the success it experienced assures future Movember participation.
Interested individuals can still donate to the effort until Dec. 9 by visiting us.movember.com/team/510633.
To learn more about the Movember movement and the organizations it supports, visit www.movember.com.
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