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NMSU hosts first-ever Aggies Are Brave Enough to ?Stache Up event

For New Mexico State University Aggies, it can be argued that Pistol Pete sets the standard for mustaches with his perfectly shaped, black mustache. In November, NMSU faculty, staff and students along with local community members can give Pete a run for his money thanks to an American Cancer Society fundraiser.

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New Mexico State University Colleges Against Cancer and NMSU Greek Life have joined together to sponsor the first-ever ?Aggies Are Brave Enough to ?Stache Up? event during November to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and raise awareness about men?s health issues. (NMSU image)

The first-ever ?Aggies Are Brave Enough to ?Stache Up? is a partnership between NMSU Colleges Against Cancer and NMSU Greek Life. Participants commit to embrace their facial hair during the entire month of November in order to promote awareness for men?s health, while raising funds to support the American Cancer Society. 

?The ?Aggies Are Brave Enough to ?Stache Up? event was created to raise awareness for men?s health and cancers that affect men,? said Megan Shannon, Colleges Against Cancer faculty adviser. ?We strive to educate participants about preventions that truly can save lives in the future.?

The ?Aggies Are Brave Enough to ?Stache Up? initiative begins with The Clean Shave event from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Corbett Center outdoor stage. Local barbers will be available to participants for their clean shave, a photo booth for fun pictures, prizes, as well as a DJ and educational resources for men?s health. 

After registering, which is a $10 fee, men must have a clean-shaven face on Oct. 31. To enter the competition, participants who cannot attend The Clean Shave event must submit a date-stamped before photo and post on the ?Aggies are Brave Enough to ?Stache Up? Facebook page. Throughout the month of November, each participant must grow a mustache or beard. Participants are asked to use their newly grown mustache/beard to raise awareness and funds to support men?s health.

During the week of Nov. 17-21, voting for the best mustaches takes place daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Corbett Center. The month-long initiative concludes with The Great Shave at 4 p.m. Nov. 30 at Corbett Center outdoor stage.

At the end of November, awards will be given to the top participants. A final picture posted to their Facebook page for those not attending The Great Shave is required to be considered for the awards. Women or those who don?t want to embrace their facial hair can still participate and raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Prizes will be given to the award winners in the following categories:

? Pistol Pete Award (Best ?Stache?)
? A-Mountain Man Award (Best Beard)
? Best Jr. Pete Award (Best ?worst? Stache)
? Oh No She Didn?t (Top Female Fundraiser)
? Top Individual Fundraiser (You Rock)
? Top Team Fundraiser (Saving Lives)

Shannon said the organizers hope to have 75-100 participants and they have set a goal to raise $1,000. If $5,000 is raised in November, Associated Students of NMSU President Wes Jackson has agreed to shave his head bald at The Great Shave event.

For more information, email Shannon at mshannon@nmsu.edu or visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aggies-Are-Brave-Enough-To-Stache-Up/1582659231961855.

Individuals can sign-up or donate online at http://relay.acsevents.org/NMSUStacheUp.