Nov. 11 2010 12:00 AM

Mustaches vs. Cancer contest is now in its third year

(Thursday, Nov. 11) Phrases
like “Get your ‘stache on” and “Grow a rug on your mug!” are some of the
slogans of the Mustaches vs. Cancer Charity, which is midway through its annual
drive to collect donations for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in
New York City.

a fund-raiser and a contest. Competitors with names like Sir Stachelot,
PutzStachio and Mr. Tickles post their photos on the Mustaches vs. Cancer
website (
and visitors are invited to donate dollars to their favorites. Some, like
TroopK3087, have collected over $1,000; others are still waiting for their
first dollar.

is our third year doing this,” says founder and coordinator Stefan Turkula. “In
college, my friends and I grew mustaches for fun. I was working at the Memorial
Sloan-Kettering at the time and I kept thinking about how you could grow a
mustache as a job: you know, have people give money for someone growing a
mustache to keep them going. I also thought it’d be pretty funny to see guys in
their 20s to 30s growing mustaches, ‘cuz it’s not exactly a fashion statement

number of contributors and competitors has increased each year. According to
the website, the first two competitions brought in over $75,000 in donations.
The contest concludes Nov. 28.