Jonny attended the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) event in Champaign, IL, hosted by our very own angel, Jen Smith. The all-day conference featured speakers Bruce Weber ( U of Illinois’s basketball coach) spoke and our Jonny Imerman. The crowd: about 50 women attendees, all young adults with breast cancer or young adult breast cancer survivors . Jonny reported a “great crew, great event!” Jen (pictured below with Jonny’s brother Jeff) sported a pink moustache (made of cupcake frosting) to support MOVEMBER!
The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember.
Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.
The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia. The plan was simple – to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health. Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global men’s health movement.
In 2004 the campaign evolved and focused on raising awareness and funds for the number one cancer affecting men – prostate cancer. 432 Mo Bros joined the movement that year, raising $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia – representing the single largest donation they had ever received.
The Movember moustache has continued to grow year after year, expanding to the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Finland.
In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising $42 Million US equivalent dollars for Movember’s global beneficiary partners.
Our holiday party tonight at the Mid-America club is sold out: amazing! 1,000 people will be talking about 1-on-1 cancer support and celebrating the season tonight with Imerman Angels in Chicago.
Can’t make it? Here are a few other ways to get involved and be charitable during the holidays:
Movember Gala | LaSalle Power Company
Guys, show off your “mo” in support of Movember, an organization raising awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. Includes contests and music. 9 p.m.
Charity of the Month | Signature Room
Dine from any of the select menu items the Signature Room is featuring, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Kids Fight Cancer.
Spirit Jump | Regift the Fruitcake Contest
By giving the gift no one wants, you’re giving the gift everyone needs.https://www.paypal-regiftthefruitcake.com/
Free to Breathe Yogathon | Durham, NC
The National Lung Cancer Partnership encourages you to join other Yogis in celebrating the winter season by doing 108 sun salutations! December 21.
The 2009 Atlanta Charity Ball | Atlanta
In support of breast cancer awareness, The 2009 Atlanta Charity Ball will benefit The American Cancer Society and F.H. Young Scholarship Fdn. This will be an evening of elegance, jazz, and advocacy as attendees dance the night away in support of this cause. December 4.
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Show off your Movember ‘stache with Jonny Imerman at Halo [FOR MEN]‘s complimentary happy hour at Martini Park TONIGHT. Complimentary cocktails and appetizers will be served from 6-7:30 p.m.
Still deliberating on your moustache of choice? Use this handy guide to choose your own style, stop by Martini Park tonight and register for Movember!
(Guys and Gals are both welcome at this event)
Martini Park: 151 E. Erie St.
Jonny Imerman is growing a ‘stache to support Movember, a month-long event to raise awareness for men’s health. Join him and others around the world at: http://us.movember.com/