The second campaign of the Hastings chapter of Mustaches4Kids will begin Thursday, challenging area men to cultivate facial hair to raise awareness and funds for charity.
The participants, referred to as "growers," will begin with a clean shave party Thursday at 7 p.m. at Hastings Keno Sports Bar and Grill, where they will have their photo taken to prove their clean slate beginning. Then, every Thursday for the rest of the month, the men are encouraged to attend checkpoint parties to update the rest of the group on their growth.
When growers are asked about their newly donned facial hair, they are encouraged to direct people to the Mustaches4Kids website, where donations can be made to Camp Hot Shots, the charity benefiting from the upcoming campaign. Camp Hot Shots is a summer camp for children who have diabetes and 100 percent of the funds raised by growers will go to the camp.
"That's what we're about, raising money for kids in need and having fun," said Ryan Sullivan, one of the campaign's organizers. "Anyone can throw money toward a charity, so why not incorporate a fun way to do that?"
The inaugural Mustaches4Kids growing event in Hastings was conducted last August and drew about 40 growers. The organizers were surprised and proud that the campaign raised more than $23,000 for the Mary Lanning Special Children's Fund.
"Our goal was $10,000, and the most any chapter in the country raised in its first year was $22,500. So we were very proud of our outcome," Sullivan said. "Hastings is a very generous community and really helped us reach our goal. There are a lot of people here who care about families and children in need."
The check in parties are scheduled at the following times and locations: — May 8 at Rivals Bar and Grill, 7 p.m.
— May 15 at Bullseye's, 7:30 p.m.
— May 22 at Reno Sports Bar, 7 p.m.
The final Stache Bash will be held May 30 at the Hastings Eagles Club at 7:30 p.m.