Fraternity members raised $1,500 for the 2011 Movember project, a national men’s health awareness event.
“Movember” refers both to the month of November, when events are traditionally held, and to the slang term for mustache, “mo.” During November, men are encouraged to “grow their mos” to raise awareness about men’s health.
To raise the funds, the fraternities held several events, including a “pack the house” in November for a men’s basketball game, a bowling tournament, and a Movember Gala to show off the mustaches they grew during the month. The money will go to the national Movember Foundation, which works to raise awareness of and funds for men’s health issues, such as testicular and prostate cancers.
Movember mustaches were grown in the styles of Mario (of video game fame), samurai warriors, and others. Men competed in several categories during the Movember Gala.
IUP’s Health AWAREness program also provided information about men’s cancers in support of Movember throughout the month.