MBAA: Using Movember for Raising Cash, Awareness

Have you ever wondered what your co-worker or classmate might look with a mutton chops or a Fu Manchu mustache?  Back in mid-October, seventeen MBAs from the 2013 and 2014 classes started to grow out their beards in preparation for the 2nd Annual ‘Stache for the Cash to raise awareness for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer.

While many men around the world will grow a mustache for the entire month of November, the MBA Association Community Service Committee choose to host the 2nd ‘Stache for the Cash auction on November 8th allowing business students facial hair to become canvasses for the highest bidders. The bids began at $15 and the highest bidder won the opportunity to give the business students any sort of beard design of his or her choosing. Each man is then required to wear the facial hair artistry for one week.

With the assistance of students from the 2013 and 2014 classes, we raised a total of $1,600 dollars to support Movember Foundation which raises funds to support prostate cancer and testicular cancer research initiatives in partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Specifically, this year’s auction contributions will be made in honor of one of our own MBAs from the class of 2014 whose father is currently suffering from prostate cancer, as well as all other members of the Mason community who have suffered from prostate or testicular cancer.

While big steps have been taken towards changing attitudes and habits relating to men’s health around the world, there is still much to be done. It is certain that the 17 MBAs who auctioned off their beards this past week and agreed to wear mustaches and or odd forms of beards for the next seven days along with those who provided financial assistance are helping to fulfill the mission of Movember in raising awareness.

While significant risks remain there are several things all of us can do including ensuring you have a have an annual physical exam, knowing your family history, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  As we continue to go about our classes, field consultancies, CAM trips, and international student association celebrations this month we encourage you to spark up conversations and spread awareness of men’s health issues.  Ultimately, it’s awareness and education that can help save lives.

About the MBAA Community Service Committee
The Community Service Committee provides the Mason School of Business the opportunity to support our local community in various capacities. Through our activities and efforts, we aim to strengthen our schools culture of service, while creating a positive impact on our community for years to come. The committee organizes various events like Bake Sales, The Annual Masters of Business Charity Golf Tournament and Bowling for Kids’ Sake to benefit local charities such as, Kidz’ N Grief & Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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Chad Chadbourn

Chad Chadbourn is a 2nd year MBA candidate at The College of William & Mary where he has helped plan local service projects in coordination with the MBA Association and several local nonprofits including Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Red Cross, and KIDZ' N GRIEF as the 2nd year MBA Association Community Service Committee Chair. Prior to coming to W&M he was an International Agricultural Development Specialist with U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service. In addition, he previously served as research associate at Nathan Associates, an international economic development consulting firm. While at Nathan Associates Chad coordinated employee and corporate philanthropic support for the United Way campaign. In addition, Chad served as a Community Economic Development Adviser with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica from 2006 – 2008. As a Peace Corps volunteer he coordinated numerous programs and events including a youth scout troop, community recycling program, and classes in English, business, and technology with several nonprofits. Chad is fluent in Spanish and holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington.

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