Holmes, PA – It’s time to break out those razors, say goodbye to those sweet staches and celebrate Lax Stache history. Lax Stache Madness Founder Ken Clausen is thrilled to announce that this year’s facial hair growing campaign has raised a record breaking $170,000 in support of the HEADstrong Foundation.
With more than 940 growers, representing 75 fundraising teams and over 2,700 donors generously contributing to its success this year, Lax Stache Madness grew more than $50,000 over their previous fundraising record set in 2014.
“Words cannot even begin to convey our excitement or our gratitude to everyone who was involved this year. Lax Stache Madness continues to make history and over the past 6 weeks we have seen so many amazing acts of generosity and support for HEADstrong and those affected by cancer. Teams were determined to make a difference, the competition, creativity and originality exuded by our participants this year was simply incredible. We wish to congratulate all of our participants and hope that everyone enjoys their victory shave.” said Ken Clausen, LMM founder
This year, HEADstrong Texas officially claimed the coveted Lax Stache Crown raising more than $18,107.15. Last year’s champions, University of Delaware Men’s Lacrosse fell just short of repeating by less than $770.87, raising $17,336.28.
Rich Moses, who serves as the Program Director for HEADstrong Texas, successfully defended his Stache title raising a staggering $14,430.58, which is a new individual fundraising record for the campaign.
The Lax Stache Committee is proud to recognize Towson University Men’s Lacrosse Coach Shawn Nadelen for having Stache of the Year. They would also like to announce the induction of legendary University of Maryland player Frank Urso into the Lax Stache Hall of Fame, where he joins University of Delaware Men’s Lacrosse Coach Bob Shillinglaw. Additionally, the committee is planning to announce the 1st ever All-Stache Team, featuring the best Staches of the campaign. Below is a listing of this year’s Top 10 Fundraising Teams and Individual Growers.
Top 10 Fundraising Teams
HEADstrong Texas $18,107.15
University of Delaware Men’s Lacrosse $17,336.28
Cornell Men’s Lacrosse $12,868.13
Springfield College Men’s Lacrosse $9,380.19
Towson University Men’s Lacrosse $9,374.30
University of Scranton Men’s Lacrosse $7,863.12
Haverford College Black Squirrels $6,039.65
Middlebury College Men’s Lacrosse $4,541.60
Mount St. Mary’s Men’s Lacrosse $4,308.39
Elmira College Men’s Lacrosse $4,280.61
Top 10 Individual Growers
Rich Moses $14,430.58
Elijah Conte $5,117.25
Ben Kaminow $3,030.83
Todd Faiella $2,964.78
Nate Cornblatt $1,879.36
Matt Garvey $1,821.86
William Yinger $1,718.40
Bryan Churchey $1,532.82
Anthony Bourdon $1,440.97
Ridge Slater $1,426.04
“We set out this year to raise $127,000 and we were very humbled by the reception that Lax Stache Madness received this year. It is incredible to be able to say that our staches collectively raised an amazing $170,000 in support of the HEADstrong Foundation. We cannot thank the lacrosse community enough for rallying in support. The tireless efforts, commitment and dedication of our growers, captains, teams, coaches and supporters have been simply incredible and overwhelming. To think that in 7 years our staches have raised more than $670,000 to support cancer patients and their families is unbelievable.” said Clausen
“On behalf of the HEADstrong Foundation and those we proudly serve, we wish to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to everyone who participated, contributed or sponsored Lacrosse Mustache Madness this year. It is really special to see how this campaign has taken flight and we are so proud of Ken and the Lax Stache team for their relentless spirit in driving this campaign. We are so excited for the future. $170,000 is an incredible achievement and the funds raised will be instrumental in allowing us the ability to strengthen our commitment to cancer patients and families, especially this holiday season.” Cheryl Colleluori, HEADstrong President and Nick’s Mom.
About Lacrosse Mustache Madness
Lacrosse Mustache Madness is an annual fall fundraising campaign supporting the essential programs and services provided by the HEADstrong Foundation to support those affected by cancer. Lax Stache Madness is a social media driven fundraising campaign that encourages lacrosse players and teams to grow, draw or simply wear a mustache in effort to raise money for the cause. To learn more please visit www.LaxStacheMadness.com
About HEADstrong Foundation
The HEADstrong Foundation™ is a 501(c)(3) committed to improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their families through providing essential programs and services.
HEADstrong™ is an athletic rooted organization that serves the cancer community by granting direct financial assistance to those financially impacted as a result of the disease, by providing complimentary long-term housing and amenities for those traveling to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for cancer related treatments through Nick’s House™, by funding innovative cancer research through the Nicholas E. Colleluori Lymphoma research fund, by serving family meals and offering outlets of entertainment, by providing fresh groceries to patients being discharged from lengthy hospital stays, by delivering comfort kits to newly hospitalized patients preparing for treatment or transplant, and by lending an arm of support through their peer to peer advocacy group.
The blueprints for the Foundation were conceptualized by Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori in 2006, from his hospital bed while he underwent treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which ultimately claimed his life. Today, Nick’s vision is being fulfilled through the relentless efforts of his family, athletes and supporters across the country uniting in the fight against cancers.
Please visit www.HEADstrong.org to learn about how HEADstrong is changing the game for those affected by cancer.