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Will Bigelow " Most people presume my mustache is not real because it's much darker than my regular hair. (~John Hodgman) "
 
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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

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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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Recent Contributors

Scott Ilnicky Amount: $ 25 Date Received: 12/13/2018
"Go Will you hirsute Deadhead you!"
 
Larry Dockery Amount: $ 30 Date Received: 11/29/2018
 
Ben Siegel Amount: $ 10 Date Received: 11/29/2018
"#doit4dakids"
 
Derek Hambright Amount: $ 25 Date Received: 11/29/2018
 
Lynne Chambers Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/29/2018
 
Marshall Bigelow Amount: $ 25 Date Received: 11/28/2018
 
Rick B Bigelow Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/28/2018
"We're almost there - here's a little help."
 
Caesar Amaram Amount: $ 10 Date Received: 11/28/2018
 
Peyton Jenkins Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/27/2018
"Finish strong bro!"
 
Lesniak's Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/27/2018
 
Jeffrey Sulik Amount: $ 25 Date Received: 11/27/2018
 
Tom Barila Amount: $ 40 Date Received: 11/26/2018
"Let's grow I mean let's go Will!"
 
Pam Douglas Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/24/2018
 
Jon Hershey Amount: $ 25 Date Received: 11/21/2018
"Happy to support a great cause and a great stache!!"
 
Mimi And Rick Steadman Amount: $ 30 Date Received: 11/20/2018
 
Rick Bigelow Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 11/19/2018
"Let's get the ball rolling."
 
Eric Askew Date Received: 11/17/2018
"Go Big Go!!!"
 
John Chambers Date Received: 11/13/2018
"I'm counting on you to grow a real mustache this year Will. Not the imitations you've done in the past!"
 
Anonymous Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/13/2018
 
Curt Howard Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 11/12/2018