Movember Keeps Growing at Berkshire

What do you get when you combine equal parts fun, with equal parts serious, and equal parts silly?

At Berkshire, the answer is Movember.

The now-annual November tradition is rooted in the serious cause of promoting men's health through the growing of facial hair—specifically mustaches—which leads to a boost in fundraising and awareness, and in many cases a good laugh.

But more often than not, Movember is taken seriously at Berkshire. Just last year, a group of students calling themselves the MoBears raised $10,334, a staggering amount that ranked Berkshire first among high schools competing in Movember's Wispy Lips Challenge. Not to be outdone, this year's MoBears—led by the mustachio'd motivator himself, Mr. Anselmi— is on target to surpass last year's fundraising total.

One of the team's 53 participants, Holley Riva '19, raised nearly $3,000 just one week into the competition.

"I was inspired to get involved with Movember because it was a male-dominated fundraiser," Riva said "Mr. Anselmi wanted me on the team and for there to be a girl captain. At first it was odd but soon it became normal and more females got involved."

To raise money, members of the MoBears (which includes students and faculty) grow their mustaches or wear costume mustaches and seek sponsors to donate. The group has also found success selling pins during lunch.

"The participation at Berkshire is unlike any other school," said Billy Zegras '18. "To have so many of the students and faculty participate and come together over the cause of supporting men's health is really something special to see."

Zegras is more than halfway towards reaching his personal goal of $2,000 raised.

"I've been emailing, texting, and tweeting at all of my friends and family asking for support. Also, I'm giving 100-percent effort into growing my 'mo."