WINCHESTER — Final tallies of the annual ‘Dare to Flash a Stache’ campaign will be released this evening when organizers present their cheques to the recipient institutions that help local men diagnosed with prostate cancer.
A local spin on the ‘Movember’ movement, thirteen men participated in ‘Dare to Flash a ’Stache’ by growing moustaches and collecting combined pledges of just over $9,550 during November. Proceeds were split between the charitable foundations at Winchester District Memorial Hospital and the Ottawa Hospital — specifically for WDMH’s Cancer Care Navigator program and prostate cancer research in Ottawa.
Kickoff for the 2018 effort was marked Nov. 1 at Cup of Jo’s in Winchester, and the same venue will host tonight’s (Jan. 21) overall cheque presentations.
Flashback, Dec. 1, 2018 wrap-up
The resulting moustaches of Dare to Flash a ’Stache were officially celebrated with a Dec. 1 event and cake at Winchester Foodland, where hairdresser Marie Byre clipped proprietor Dan Pettigrew’s beard and soup strainer as part of the spectacle (away from the cake).
Above, Pettigrew is shaved at the conclusion of Dare to Flash a ‘Stache.
While impressive, Pettigrew’s $1,721 raised — thanks in large measure to employees at his store — didn’t put him into first place in amount collected. That honour fell to Ted Ceelen, who brought in more than $2,400.
Other ’stache benchmarks were set by Paul Mayott (bushiest), brightest (David at Foodland), Keith Fong (Best Attempt), Paul Allan and Doug Nugent (Most Creative) and Tom Clapp (Most Santa-like).
Organizers continued to accept Dare to Flash a ’Stache donations until the end of December, so the true figure raised by the 2018 campaign won’t be known until tonight’s event at Cup of Jo’s.
Flashback: Dare to Flash a ‘Stache kickoff, Nov. 1, 2018