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Chicago Sports icons Mike Ditka and Joel Quenneville were two big reasons Chicago was recently named the most “moustache-friendly” city in the U.S. by the American Mustache Institute.  And this November, you can help to continue the tradition and sport a ‘stache for Movember, the not-for profit charity that challenges men across the country to raise awareness and funds for cancers affecting men by growing a Mo (slang for moustache).

Participation in Movember is not only fun, but simple.  Once registered, men are challenged to start the month clean-shaven and grow a Mo.  The moustache becomes the “hairy” ribbon for men’s health and the guys growing them become a walking billboard for 30 days.  The growth of a new Mo inspires conversations about not often talked about topics – men’s health and cancer affecting them.  Women play a key role in the campaign as team captains, inspiration leaders and fundraisers.  Funds raised throughout the month benefit LIVESTRONG and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

At the end of the month, Movember will host a Gala Parte for all participants at The Hard Rock Café at 63 West Ontario Street on December 1 from 8:00pm – 2:00am.  Guests are encouraged to dress in costumes that match their moustache and awards are given in several categories, including the prestigious Man of Movember.

Last year in Chicago, 2,066 participants raised more than $344K.  In 2011, we want to double those numbers!  Join the hairy hunt and register at to grow or support the growth of a moustache today!   And make sure to visit @movemberchicago on twitter and Movember Chicago on facebook to learn about other events throughout the month.

Learn more about Movember here!

Aaron Brost

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