As Movember 2015 closes in, I want to take a moment and write an open letter to whoever may be interested. 2014 was the first full year for Cincinnati as a city-wide network, and our efforts were nothing short of remarkable. The mighty mos of the Queen City stepped up big time. As a city, Cincinnati raised over $12,000. We united nearly 100 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas under the network, and hosted lots of awesome events around the Nati.
We added 4EG as an official partner, and we kicked off the month with our Halloween Stache Bash at Stand (now Proof Bar) in Mt. Lookout. Rhinehaus Bar OTR hosted our Movember Happy Hour for a second year, and we can’t thank them enough for supporting us. Rhinegeist Brewery continued their support of mustache season by hosting our Movember Cornhole Tournament. That event had it all. 36 teams duking it out in some ultra-competitive cornhole. Thanks to all of our sponsors, we put together a great raffle with 30+ items. We had vendors included Quite Frankly Mad Crazy Hot Dogs, KIND healthy snacks, Ohio Valley Beard Supply, Backbone Wellness Institute, and the Owens Group who promoted Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Pt. 1! We couldn’t have had such great success without the enduring volunteerism of our friends and partners in Mo.
We also opened up a relationship with the Urology Group. These guys see the effects of prostate cancer and neglected men’s health, everyday. We hope to continue their involvement in our efforts going forward.
I was invited to be on the air with Fox19 news and Bearcast Media. It was a true pleasure working with these folks. It’s opportunities like that, which allowed us to spread the word about Movember’s mission. Plus going on TV and radio is kinda fun!
I personally had the pleasure of meeting some first time Mo Bros, one of which is a life long cancer survivor. With the enthusiasm and personal nature of this movement, I believe that the future of Movember is in safe hands.
On a personal level, my mustache and facial hair in general has become a part of who I am. My stache continued to grow long after Movember was over. As a part of the Cincinnati Beard Barons, I competed in a couple of facial hair comps. I even won the title of Cincinnati Mustache King, thanks to Christian Moerlein Brewery! It really was an excellent year. I’ve had the fortune of working with the Beard Barons to raise funds for One Way Farm Children’s Home in Fairfield, OH. We recently hosted The Big Whisker Revival 2 at Southgate House Revival, and raised over $6800 for this kids of One Way Farm. I have gained a true spirit of charitable giving. This was cultivated in Movember and has become a part of who I am. But enough about me…
We have big things planned for 2015, including our kickoff event at MadTree Brewery. Barbers vs. Brewers – A Night to Fight Prostate Cancer is set to be our BIGGEST event to date. With a donations goal of $5,000 we expect to kick Movember into high gear, right off the bat. The bearded brewers of MadTree will be shedding their beautiful whiskers for us, and for Movember. The more we raise, the more facial hair will fall! Check out the details on our events page. Join the event on Facebook. Donate funds to our funding page, and help us reach our goal! We’ll have more event announcements as we get closer to Mo 2015.
As you can tell, we are proud of our past, but extremely excited about the future. We are confident that our $20,000 donations goal will be met. We believe that the flood is coming and 200+ Mo Bros and Mo Sistas will join the Cincinnati Network. The face of men’s health will be forever changed, and we will lead the way!
If you would like to get involved, or have any questions about Movember please email us or give me a call at 513-208-1359. We hope that you will follow us on social media. Cincy Mo is on Facebook, Twitter and now Instagram. We hope to see you this Movember.
Stay Strong and Mo On.
Jeremy R. Sharp