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MMA Raises Money for MOvember

CASTINE, Maine – If you’ve been around the Maine Maritime Academy campus this fall, you may have seen a bit more facial hair – or attempts at facial hair – than you’re used to. That’s because this year the academy participated in MOvember, a nation-wide charity event held every November to raise money and awareness to men’s health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer.

The rules were simple, for a $5 donation male students grew a mustache through the month of November to be judged in one of four categories: the Errol Flynn, the Ron Burgundy, the Borrat, and the coveted “please don’t ever grow one again.”

Female students, faculty, and staff were allowed to participate as well; their donation made them judges for the event held Monday, Dec. 3 in the Waypoint. The winners of each category received gift cards donated by the Parent’s Association.

In total, the academy raised $815 for the MOvember charity.

“It was a lot of fun watching everyone work on growing their mustache,” said Commander Nate Gandy, commandant of the regiment.

For more information on MOvember, visit, and for more photos of the participants visit our Flickr page:

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