Yes, I am actually growing a mustache...again. And yes, I will look a little ridiculous (or awesome) for the next month.....again.
“The Wiggler” and I are back and better than ever as we embark on our 12th growing season to improve the lives of children across Central Virginia.
In 2022, M4K Richmond amassed $850,000 and this year we have our sights set on eclipsing the $ONE MILLION DOLLAR MARK! Being a volunteer-led organization, 100% of funds raised go directly to 20 children's charities across Central VA where the real work begins!
As many of you know, I’ve joined the Board of Directors for both M4K Richmond and Richmond Friends of the Homeless (RFH) in recent years to help support our local community. I’m proud to be part of these two incredible organizations that positively influence kids’ lives who are in incredibly difficult situations, mostly of no fault of their own, allowing them an opportunity and positioning them for greater success. For these organizations to accomplish such wonderful work, they need people like YOU to help them in their mission!
M4K Richmond improves the quality of life for local children through individual fundraising, partnering with local charities and businesses, and having a little bit of fun with facial hair. Basically, we grow mustaches for a month as a marketing tool to raise money and awareness for local children's charities. Founded in 2003, this volunteer-run organization began with just 2 philanthropic guys raising only a few hundred dollars for children’s charities while having some fun with facial hair. Now, with almost 200 men, we have raised over $3Million to spread across the community. In 2010 M4K Richmond was incorporated and received recognition as a 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity by the IRS. Last year “The Wiggler” raised $5,500 and with your help, I’m looking to eclipse that this year. Being able to deliver huge checks to these various foundations confirms the amazing things M4K is able to accomplish and the impact made possibly by loyal and generous donors.
This year we will again be supporting 20 worthy children’s charities across Central VA in honor of M4K’s 20th growing season:
Richmond Friends of the Homeless was founded to strengthen and enrich the lives of the disadvantaged and homeless in our community. RFH supports underprivileged children across Central VA by working to alleviate hunger, providing supplies and tools to help children excel through school and providing enrichment activities and warmth. We serve meals 7/days a week many of whom are children and provide baskets full of nourishing foods to struggling families to avoid children going hungry. From Thanksgiving meals to Christmas parties with Santa, toys and gifts, RFH is able to “lean in” to those children missed by the Angel Tree and other giving organizations. Impoverished children are often not afforded the tools, support, or environment to thrive and RFH has found numerous creative ways to engage and empower children who perhaps don’t get the support elsewhere. This support includes every aspect of their lives from health/hygiene to school supplies and mentoring to providing tools and opportunities to make something special of themselves.
THE ASK: Follow “The Wiggler’s” progress throughout November and support this amazing mission!
THE IMPACT: Since sprouting his first whiskers back in 2012, “The Wiggler” has amassed $29,425 while M4K-Richmond collectively has raised over $3.5M for some wonderful charities that do remarkable work to improve the lives of children across Virginia.