'Movember' off to a clean start

'Movember' off to a clean start
Movember kicks off Monday night. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - November is going to get a little scruffy under the noses of thousands of men. November is now known, by some, as Movember, the "M" stands for mustache, which is what thousands are growing in support of men's health.

The Movember Foundation was started in 2003 and since then millions of men around the world have grown a mustache to help raise money and awareness for critical men's health issues like prostate and testicular cancer and mental health concerns.

The Downtown Willoughby Bar and Restaurant Association, 19 establishments strong, is working together this year in hopes of making a major donation to the Movember Foundation.

"It's important to me because I don't think men's health gets enough attention. I thought it was fun to bring it up to the bar owners because a lot of them are males," said Nicki Davison the manager at Frank and Tony's.

To get a smooth start men can show up at a clean shave party at Roots Salon and Barber Shack in Willoughby on Monday night at 7:00. Then the fundraising begins in the bars and restaurants even if, according to John Bowers, the owner of Mullarkey's Irish Pub, you are not growing a 'stache.

"All of us will be selling paper mustaches that we'll put up on the wall with people's names on them. Those will go for two dollars a mustache," Bowers said.

McPat Coyne, one of the co-owners of the Wild Goose has spent the better part of three years sporting a beard, but he'll shave it off Monday night.

"I'll be at the clean shave party and then start growing a mustache, it should be interesting," Coyne said.

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