– December 7, 2008
My mustache career is over. It ended Friday night at the all out Chicago Movember Gala Parte’ at Enclave and boy was it a blast! Our team, IROC the Stache raised over $3,000 for prostate cancer research and men’s health issues. Take a look at my Gala Parte’ gallery below.
My mustache was horrible! It was big, itchy and pretty much ended any chance I had of meeting new people without them asking why I have a mustache. People were offering more money for me to shave it. Still I persevered. I persevered through ugly looks at the gym, the grocery store, bars, parks, sporting events, breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, in elevators, the book store, in my car and at Thanksgiving with my family.
All of my reservations about growing such a hideous thing on my face were washed away in few Canadian Club whiskey drinks and a couple of hours hanging out with other mustached fools. The Gala Parte’ was one of the best party’s I’ve ever been too. In order to attend properly, you had to dress up to support your mustache. I went
as the 1976 World Dodgeball Champion.
The Gala was held at a club called Enclave. An uber pretentious night spot in the heart of Chicago. After waiting outside in 16 degree temperatures for ten minutes, we gained entry in to mustache heaven. There were a couple Ron Burgundy’s, a few State Troopers, and even that pregnant man. Unfortunately I did not win the Man of Movember award, where the recipient received a trip to a Playboy Mansion party. I did however get my picture taken with a couple playmates. Christina, the 2003 PMOY, asked me to toss my dodgeball at her security guard and who am I to disagree with a Playmate. I reared back in vintage 1976 World Dodgeball Champion form and pelted the poor guy square in his back. I thought this might be the last time I would be able to walk, but, what a way to go out. Luckily the guy saw Christina and I laughing and he laughed as well. Whew!
My friends and I were nominated for best team mustaches, but fell short of the winning vote. Still we had a blast. I felt bulletproof in my women’s track suit, purchased on sale at Wal-Mart for $12. All the ugly looks outside of the party gave way to invitations by young ladies to dance.
I haven’t decided whether I’ll grow my mustache again next November. I’ll have to wait until the high of the Gala passes over. Mean while I can’t say enough about the people who donated to my charity. Thank you for your support!
><(("> Kyle Freund
Kyle is a former ><((“> Team Member at Catch Your Limit, a management and marketing firm with offices in Tallahassee, Florida and Richmond, Virginia. To learn more, visit www.catchyourlimit.com.
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