SOURCE: DonorsChoose.org

November 14, 2008 17:10 ET

Men Nationwide Begin Growing 'Mustaches for Kids' to Benefit Public Schools

Join Citizens and Celebrity Athletes Fusing Facial Hair With Philanthropy to Support Classrooms on DonorsChoose.org

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 14, 2008) - Mustaches For Kids kicks off the 2008 "Growing Season" this week with hundreds of men in over 20 cities nationwide all growing sweet mustaches to support public school classrooms on DonorsChoose.org. Similar to a charity walk-a-thon, Mustache For Kids challenges "Growers" to raise pledges for their mustaches during "Growing Season" from mid-November to mid-December. Growers create online GivingPages to compete by city, employer, and college for the most dollars raised by their mustaches. All proceeds will fund teacher projects on DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit website linking donors with classrooms in need.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams (www.donorschoose.org/RoyWilliams) and NASCAR Driver Kenny Wallace will join the Mustaches For Kids effort, which has raised nearly one million dollars for children's charities since its inception in 1999. "Growing a mustache is my way of showing support for public school teachers," said Williams. "I hope you'll consider donating to a Texas classroom in honor of my mustache on DonorsChoose.org."

DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit website where any public school teacher can post a classroom project request -- whether it's a set of footballs, a field trip to the zoo, or any resource that will help students learn. Individual donors, like you, can then choose the specific project you want to support, and you'll get photographs and thank-you letters from the students and teacher you chose to help.

"DonorsChoose.org is thrilled to have the support of Mustaches For Kids to aid classroom projects on our website," said Charles Best, DonorsChoose.org Founder and CEO. "Everyone can make a real difference in the lives of public school kids by sprouting a 'stache of their own or supporting the 'stache of a friend."

Mustache For Kids local chapters provide mustache growing support with events like: Shaving Day; weekly Mustache Checkpoints; and the final 'Stache Bash -- a veritable pageant of the follicle, wherein Growers and their Mustaches are put through a thorough battery of physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges, including the Mustache Haiku and the Mustache Dance-A-Thon, and one local Mustache is declared to be the "Sweetest."

To sign-up or learn about Mustaches For Kids events, visit www.donorschoose.org/MustachesForKids.

About DonorsChoose.org

Founded in 2000 by a teacher at a Bronx high school, DonorsChoose.org has been recognized as "America's most innovative charity" by the Stanford Business School and Amazon.com. Since inception, donors from all walks of life have funded 62,000 classroom projects, providing over $25 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources benefiting 1.5 million students from low-income communities. Any individual can give to classroom projects at www.DonorsChoose.org.

About Mustaches For Kids

Mustaches For Kids is a volunteer-run organization started in Los Angeles in 1999 to help children's charities. Since then, Mustaches For Kids has spread across the continent, a steady expansion that is not unlike the measured, deliberate growth of a mustache. Mustaches For Kids currently has over 20 chapters across the US and Canada, and through the collective efforts of hundreds of brave young men, the organization has raised almost one million dollars for children's charities.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Kari Hayden
    DonorsChoose.org National Office:
    (ph) 917.806.9160
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    Alexandra Cerkovnik
    Charlotte Office:
    (ph) 704.344.6841
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    Mitch Goldman
    Mustaches For Kids National:
    (ph) 347.628.748
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