Mustaches raise funds in the Vail Valley |

Mustaches raise funds in the Vail Valley

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Change is good, and a November moustache is better because women dig it, says a national spokeswoman for Movember.

Lisa Heath is a big Andy Vanica fan. Vanica is heading local Movember efforts to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues.

“Everything in October is pink, as it should be,” Heath said. “In November we need to be more aware of men’s health and the issues that go with it.”

So, you should do it because it’s a good cause, but at least as important is that women dig it – and doing things that women dig is the real reason men decided to shower, shave and walk upright.

“Let’s be honest here. A moustache is a turn-on. A moustache for a good cause is a bonus,” Heath said. “If you tell women that’s why you’re growing it, you’ll be able to get them into bed much faster.”

“I’ve watched my CEO get gaggles of women because he’s growing a moustache for a good cause,” Heath said.

“But my wife and/or girlfriend won’t let me,” you say. You’re not the first moustache man who’s faced a facial hair roadblock.

“We even have a permission slip for the men,” Heath said.

Vanica’s moustache is a handlebar/trucker style. His fiance supports what he’s doing, he says. Andy did not need a permission slip.

You won’t either; man up just a little.

It’s Vanica’s fourth year to run Movember in the Vail Valley.

Vanica heard about it in 2004 when he started playing Australian Rules Football with a Denver team in the United States Australian Football League. He’s now member of the U.S. national team and is headed to Australia in August for a 20-team international championship tournament.

“I found out about the Movember Movement in 2004 and started doing it as part of one of the footy teams,” Vanica said.

The whole thing started a year before when some mates thought of it in Melbourne, Australia over a few beers, which is where most great ideas begin.


Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple: Get some sponsors, shave clean on Nov. 1, and grow a moustache for a month. No beards and no goatees. Send your sponsors update photos, or links to your MoSpace page. Yes, they have their own social network.

When you register you get your own MoSpace page. They keep track of everything: donations, sponsors, your progress.

The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health.

And like all men, they were inspired by the women around them and and all they had done for breast cancer.

So, the Mo Bros launched a global men’s health movement.

By 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas grew to 255,755, with more than 1 million donors raising $42 million equivalent dollars for Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong.

As Movember winds down, gala parties celebrate its success and anything else these guys feel like celebrating. There was one at E-Town in 2008 and one held at Finnegan’s Wake last year. There’ll be some in Denver and Aspen this year.

It’s not too late to start growing, Heath said.

“We have guys who can grow a beard in three days, and that’s a good thing,” Heath said

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