WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Something as simple as growing a mustache is helping children in need. More than 100 men in our area grew mustaches to support local charities and they celebrated their progress on Friday night.
Some local men are giving by growing.
"I was blessed with a productive upper lip so if growing this mustache can do so much good then I'm going to keep doing it," said organizer Ryan McInnis.
Mustaches for Kids is a national organization, where men collect pledge funds and grow a mustache. Wilmington just so happens to be the largest of 50 chapters across the nation and it's not hard to see why.
"There's so many charities that are somewhat limited access," said McInnis. "You have to wear a black tie or go to a banquet. This is open to everyone. Well, mainly men but it's fun. We meet once a week, we take pictures, check out each others mustaches and it takes dedication."
After 30 days of growing 'staches, the men celebrated the end of their growing season. Some are upset about losing their hairy upper lip. Others are very happy to see it go.
"I'm a little excited about it," said Kevin Murphy, who is a mustache grower. "It will be kind of nice. I think my girlfriend's even more excited about it."
Growers took portraits to remember their manly 'stache. The celebration will continue into the night with music and dancing. When the party's over many say they hope the next 11 months will fly by so they can raise some more money for the kids by growing yet another mustache.
"We go through our lives and we don't think about some of the nice things we can do especially for a new community," said grower Dave Welch. "We just moved here and this just fell in my lap so I want to do it more."
All the money from the mustache growing season goes straight to the Eastern NC Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ocean Cure, the Hope From Helen Fund and the Molly Fund (all benefactors are linked on the website www.m4k-ilm.org).