By DAVID BORAKS
A half-dozen Davidson men gathered at Raeford’s Barbershop in downtown Davidson on Thursday for a shave – their last for a month. They’re among at least 40 local men who will be growing mustaches for “Movember,” a worldwide month of events dedicated to raising money and awareness of prostate cancer and other men’s health concerns.
It’s the second year the Helfrich brothers at Summit Coffee in downtown Davidson have led the local observance of Movember, which was founded in Australia to raise awareness of men’s health – and money for men’s health causes. Last year, Movember raised $126.3 million globally.
Tim and Brian Helfrich, who run Summit, decided to adopt the cause last year after their father Tom was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
“It was a confluence of events. Our father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January 2011, and obviously that was fresh in our minds,” Brian Helfrich said Thursday morning as he waited for a shave. Later, a friend introduced them to “Movember,” and they knew they wanted to join the campaign.
“We feel like it was a cause close to our hearts,” Brian Helfrich said. “It brings attention to men’s health, which gets less attention than breast cancer, although prostate cancer is much more prevalent.”
The Summit Coffee entrepreneurs also thought Movember would be another way to help build community. Last year’s celebration of mustache-growing brought together a wide range of participants, from firefighters to Davidson College faculty to local business owners.
Davidson fire chief Josh Peklo is in on this year’s campaign, and was among the men getting a shave Thursday at Raeford’s. Also there were the Helfrich brothers, and Summit senior barista David Beam. So was Michael Griggs, a Summit Coffee regular who has had his own run-in with prostate cancer.
Others whom you might see around town growing mustaches include Tom Helfrich, who has recovered from his prostate scare, Tony Brown, Michael McFadden, Michael Young, and your local news editor (yours truly) who had to shave off his beard for the first time since 1979 in order to grow a Movember mustache.
Summit will throw a Movember kickoff party Thursday night, Nov. 1, from 8-9 with music, beers and a team picture. All revenues from the shop between 8 and 9 will go to Movember. The month’s events also include the 2nd annual Summit Twilight 5K nighttime road race and festival, on Nov. 17. (See a list of events below.)
It’s all in fun, and in the name of raising awareness about prostate and testicular cancers and other typically hush-hush topics.
“It’s not cool to talk about it, but Movember makes it cool to talk about it,” Brian Helfrich said.
Team Summit page on the Movember website, us.movember.com, with more info about the event.
See past coverage of “Movember” on DavidsonNews.net.
MOVEMBER 2012 SCHEDULE
Here’s a note this week from Tim Helfrich to Summit Coffee’s Movember supporters and friends, with a list of events:
Welcome back, Movember. It’s been along 11 months since we have sported the fine upper lip decor of a sweet ‘stache. Time to bring it back. Who’s with us?
There are a lot of worthy causes to get behind, folks, and here is another one. Wave those upper lip hairs proudly and join thousands of others worldwide to raise money and awareness for men’s health. Last year Summit led the charge and many friends in Davidson helped us celebrate our first Movember. We had a bunch of fun and we raised a bunch of money for Movember. We have an exciting month ahead this year. Check out the details and join the fun.
Firstly, to join the official Summit Coffee Mo’ Team as a moustache grower, follow this link and register.
Schedule of events:
Movember 1: Shave Party, 8:30 – 10:30 AM (at Raeford’s Barber Shop). Come have a straight razor shave and get this month started old school. Our friends at Raeford’s will donate a portion of the $10 shave to the cause. This will be your last upper lip shave for a month; you might as well do it right and get it nice and close.
Movember 1: Kickoff Party, 8-9 PM. Join us for music, a few words of information and encouragement, a couple cold beers, and a team picture. All revenues from 8 to 9 will kick off the pot for the month-long of fundraising.
Movember 9: Hops for Health, 5-9 PM. The Freckled Dog Pub (upstairs at Summit for those who haven’t discovered our Friday evening watering hole) will be a hoppy heaven on 11/9. We will have a fridge full of legendary IPAs and other hoppy treats. $1 from each beer sold will go to Movember. CLT blues man, Mike Strauss, will provide a soundtrack for the later portion of the evening, with music from 8 to 11.
Movember 17: Twilight 5k + Festival, 6 -10 PM. Easily the most popular run in our racing series, we are psyched for the 2nd annual. The luminaries will be back on the greenway (all 1,000 of them!) and we expect a huge crowd of runners for this installment of the ‘Stache Dash. The post-race party will be bumping. We are excited to mark the Davidson debut of CLT hip-hop, rock outfit, Eyes of the Elders. Party of the year? We hope so.
December 1, Mo’ Down: a dance party, 7-10 PM. To ease the pain of the month’s end, we’re throwing a big tent dance party behind Summit. We’ll have a DJ. We’ll have a photo booth. Costumes encouraged. Dancing shoes required.