We did it! On behalf of our Lacrosse Mustache Madness team, we want to thank YOU, the lacrosse community, for rallying to raise a whopping $101,000 for the HEADstrong Foundation!!! This is truly a momentous occasion as it marks the first time that Lacrosse Mustache Madness has surpassed the $100,000 mark.
En route to raising a new fundraising total of $101K in 2012, Lacrosse Mustache Madness witnessed another record breaking moment as Matthew Walters managed to dethrone two-time Individual Fundraising Champion Ben Kaminow. Matthew raised an unbelievable $13,176 from 91 donors to capture our coveted Stache Crown! Matt and Ben combined to raise nearly $25,000 and captained Syracuse University to win their second straight Team Fundraising Championship with a grand total of $30,308. Huge props goes out to Matt, Ben, and the Syracuse University team. Thank you!
Lacrosse Mustache Madness also established itself internationally in 2012 as Uganda Lacrosse participated in this year’s competition. A big thanks to Kevin Dugan, Fields of Growth, and of course the Ugandan Lacrosse Team for their efforts and participation this fall. I can’t wait to see this team rock and roll at the World Championships in 2014!
A shout out HAS to be given to Sutherland Middle School for their school wide effort to raise funds for Lacrosse Mustache Madness. Using the popular game of “corn-hole” as the platform for their fundraising efforts, Sutherland’s woodworking classes constructed corn-hole sets, which after completion were passed along to the art classes for a colorful makeover. On November 30th, Sutherland Middle School held a school wide corn-hole competition as a means to generate funds. All in all, the “Sharks” managed to raise $1,650 for Lacrosse Mustache Madness despite the fact that none of these kids can grow a mustache!
Last, I would like to thank Warrior, Inside Lacrosse, Lacrosse.com, Lacrossewear, Mr. Sock Guy, Stylin Strings, and the rest of our sponsors for their steadfast support in 2012. Raising over $100,000 is absolutely a team effort, and we hope everyone takes as much pride in this accomplishment as we do.
Since LMM’s inaugural year in 2009, the lacrosse community has managed to raise over $300,000 for charitable organizations, the last three years of which have been donated towards the HEADstrong Foundation. The impact that Pat Collelouri and The HEADstrong Foundation has had on the sport of lacrosse, let alone Lacrosse Mustache Madness, is truly remarkable and an absolute inspiration to us all.
The lacrosse community is so unique and special in that the “Six Degrees of Separation” within the sport seems more like two or three. Rarely do I ever meet someone in the lacrosse community that is not a “friend of a friend”. I have been amazed at the efforts from lacrosse teams around the country supporting both Lacrosse Mustache Madness and those affected by Hurricane Sandy this fall. I believe these selfless actions truly embody the spirit of lacrosse and reflect the character of our sport.
I am so thankful for our lacrosse community and cannot wait to see what we can accomplish in 2013!
Co-founder Lacrosse Mustache Madness