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Will Bigelow " A mustache tells folks that you're willing to take the bull by the horns. (~Ron Swanson) "
 
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History of Mustaches for Kids (M4KRichmond)
  M4K Richmond, Inc. is a volunteer-run organization that was founded in 2003 with the goal of raising money for local children’s charities while having fun growing mustaches. Inspired by the National Mustaches for Kids chapters in California and NYC, two Richmond-area philanthropic geniuses took a leap of faith and grew their first mustache.  After being spiritually and piously enlightened by the magic of 1) having a mustache and 2) helping children’s charities; the pair began a 10 year campaign to relentlessly recruit growers and brand the M4K Richmond organization. In the beginning there was a small group of less than 10 growers with limited mustache growing potential.  Membership has grown each year with over 120 growers sporting sweet mustaches during this past growing session.  In 2010 M4K Richmond was incorporated and received recognition as an official 501(c)3 non profit public charity by the IRS. Since 2003 when the Richmond chapter was founded, M4K Richmond has enlisted the efforts of hundreds of brave growers who collectively have raised over $1 million dollars for Richmond based children’s charities such as The Children’s Hospital Foundation, Greater Richmond SCAN, and the ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation and FEED More.

How it Works
  M4K Richmond (Mustaches for Kids) 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.  Each year, during the four-week Growing Season spanning November and December, Growers sprout sweet, sweet Mustaches.   Per Mustaches for Kids bylaws, they shave their faces, except for the Mustache, a minimum of once a week and solicit donations from friends, family, coworkers and people in the community--kind of like getting pledges to run a marathon, without the exertion, cramping, or dehydration.    Call it a facial hair marathon.

  I would not be as successful a grower if it were not for the friends and family supporting my efforts! Furthermore, I could not do this without your support.  Sure, its fun to grow a mustache, but to know you're making a difference in the lives of children makes it even better.  Every dollar makes a difference, just like every whisker makes a sweet 'stache!

  Why I grow:  One thing which is special about M4K Richmond is it is completely local and all the proceeds stay local.   This is not true of every mustache charity.  Since this organization is local, there is a strong camraderie of returning growers.  I have formed many strong friendships who I look forward to seeing each year.   Finally, I can't grow a beard but am able to grow a mustache, so I revel in this part of my manhood!!!!


 
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I come from a long line of mustaches on my dad's side and therefore feel a part of something special, and feel as if I am contributing to this great mustache legacy of the Boos, Bigelow and Steadmen men!
(1st Row, from Left to Right)
1.) Dr. William Boos (great grandfather-one of the Williams I am named for-my grandmother Mimi's father)
2.) Horatio Bigelow (other great grandfather-my grandfather Horatio's father)

3.) Horatio Bigelow Jr. (grandfather-my dad's father)



(2nd Row, From Left to Right)

4.) Rip Bigelow (Horatio's brother, my great uncle)
5.) Rick Bigelow (my father)
6.) Rick Steadman (my uncle-married to my father's sister)
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Members of my three biggest and favorite musical influences, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Grateful Dead have all rocked mustaches at one time or another.
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Here is a great, short article from the BBC History magazine about 5 great mustaches from the 20th Century:
 
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Nine kings from the 20th Century and almost all of them have amazing mustaches! 
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A truly interesting article I found about the history and mystery of the mustache:
 
Some other entertaining material about mustaches:

20 Mustaches that changed history-

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2010/09/20-mustaches-that-changed-history/63448/


Great Mustaches in history-
http://greatmustachesinhistory.com/


A very entertaining mashup of articles from GQ:

https://www.gq.com/about/mustache



28 Random Facts About Mustaches
https://www.uselessdaily.com/news/movember-28-interesting-facts-about-mustaches/#.WgDhHltSzIU


History of the mustache in Great Britain-

(Did you know? Between 1860 and 1916, every soldier in the British Army was forbidden from shaving his upper lip or else it would have been considered a breach of discipline!)

*For more information click on article below*

https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/The-Moustache-to-Rule-Them-All/
 
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Mustaches I truly admire (and am a bit envious of-from top left:)
  • Mark Twain
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (*thank you Nik for the suggestion!)
  • Albert Schweitzer
  • Albert Einstein
  • Vincent Price
  • Tom Selleck
  • Sam Elliott
  • Ron Swanson
 
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Stache Bash 2019-Before Covid.  Good times.  Hope we can celebrate like this again!
Stache Bash 2019-Before Covid. Good times. Hope we can celebrate like this again!

Recent Contributors

Rick Bigelow Amount: $ 150 Date Received: 12/4/2020
"Let's put this over the top. Great job, Will!"
 
Marshall Bigelow Amount: $ 25 Date Received: 12/4/2020
"I'm paying to make that thing go away! ...and for the kids, of course"
 
Audrey Bigelow Amount: $ 10 Date Received: 12/4/2020
 
Chris Conquest Amount: $ 250 Date Received: 11/30/2020
 
Rick Bigelow Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/26/2020
"Looking great! Let's keep it going."
 
Andrew Shiflett Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/24/2020
 
Kevin Schellenberg Amount: $ 400 Date Received: 11/24/2020
"Let it grow!"
 
Andrew Getchell Amount: $ 405 Date Received: 11/23/2020
"In memory of Luke Getchell who died of Leukemia at the age of 14. "
 
Larry Dockery Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/19/2020
 
Audrey Bigelow Amount: $ 20 Date Received: 11/19/2020
"I love you and support M4K!"
 
Lynne Chambers Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/19/2020
 
Ed Lynch Amount: $ 75 Date Received: 11/19/2020
 
Rick Bigelow Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/16/2020
 
John Chambers Date Received: 11/13/2020
"Grow a real good one this year Will. Make the family proud!"
 
Anonymous Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/11/2020