"Are you guys growing?"
Not your typical bar conversation, but Dan Walsh, President of the Board for Supporting Kidds, was not asking about people's gardens.
Instead, he was asking if the men at Kelly's Logan House were participating in the fourth annual Mustaches for Kidds, a mustache-growing fundraiser for Supporting Kidds, a not-for-profit in Hockessin that provides support to children and their families who are grieving.
The fundraiser officially began on Wed., Sept. 27 for the Mustache Appreciation Happy Hour, but on Wed., Oct. 10, the competition truly began. Competitors arrived at Kelly's Logan House for Clean Shave Day, where participants had their photo taken of their clean-shaven face, and had a chance to mingle and scope out their competition.
At the end of five weeks, the man with the best mustache is crowned "Sweetest Stache." Other awards are given, including "Most Valuable Grower" for the man who raises the most money, and the "Charlie Hustler Award," for the man who brings the most people to the event.
Stephanie Traynor, Executive Director of Supporting Kidds, said that every year the fundraiser gets bigger and more popular.
"It is an unusual, fun fundraiser," she said. "Last year we raised over $50,000 and this year we are looking to raise at least that."
Since women cannot participate in the event, Traynor decided to sell purple hair extensions this year that women can purchase for $25 apiece.
Nate Bacon, who has participated in the fundraiser every year, is changing up his growing method this year.
"Last year I was inspired by the nutcracker, but this year I am looking toward Clark Gable," Bacon said.
To keep track of your favorite grower's progress, check out www.m4kwilmington.org/ for photos and fundraiser updates.