A Hirsute Pursuit for Charity

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Mustaches are grown across the country to raise money for charity. Participants from anywhere can grow their own mustache to raise money online for any charity.

Mustache May, a website that "honors mustaches for the month of May (http:/mustachemay.com) had sparked the interest of the staff at Phoenix-based company Corpedia, Inc. A number of employees, including CTO and co-founder Jay Wiggins had already decided to participate in the tribute when another plan hatched.

"The thought occurred to me that we could combine this with a charitable activity and create a positive outcome," says Jay. "I felt that "on the fence" potential mustache growers could be encouraged to participate if they felt their actions could benefit the charity of their choice."

Through team collaboration, Fund a 'Stache (http://www.fundastache.org), a program inviting others to grow mustaches for charity using online fundraising pages, was born. The program asks interested parties to choose their cause, create a Firstgiving online fundraisting page (http://www.firstgiving.com), and email Fund a 'Stache their photo and page link for inclusion on the Fund a 'Stache site. Participants from Phoenix, San Jose and

Jay thinks it unlikely that most of the participants would be growing mustaches if it were not for the Fund a 'Stache program. "The Magnum P.I. look has been dead for a while and there is a reason for that. But we are choosing to put our self-image aside to raise money for our causes".

Fund a 'Stache hopes to raise a total of $6,000 for charities including André House, .The Lupus Foundation of America and The Boy Scouts of America.

"Things have been moving rather quickly, and each day since Fund a 'Stache's inception has brought new mustaches. We are encouraged by the initial turnout and would be thrilled if other chose to don the 'stache for charity".

You can sign up to fund a 'Stache and meet the mustaches at http://www.fundastache.org.

You can sponsor Jay through his Firstgiving page at http://www.firstgiving.com/stache06_funkfinger.

Create your own free online fundraising pages benefiting any nonprofit cause at http://www.firstgiving.com.

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