Nov 19, 2012 8:01 AM by Shannon Davis - MTN News
BUTTE - November, or No Shave November, as many like to call it, is a concept that has been put to good use in Butte. For the month of November a local music promotions company, S.H.G.F. Productions is raising money for a cooking school, Culina Vitalis. Representatives are encouraging people to grow a mustache to raise awareness for their fundraising event.
Culina Vitalis runs within the Park and Main Café serving at-risk youth, ages 16-20, according to Greg McDonald, executive director of the culinary school.
"It costs us $1,500 a student to run them through our program, for a 16 week program," McDonald said. "Sounds like a lot of money. The reality is if one of these kids wasn't doing this and they were in trouble it would cost us $370 a day to incarcerate them."
In the last year McDonald was able to occupy the space on the corner of Park and Main Streets and establish the café.
"It's only reason for existence is to fund the school," McDonald said.
The business has done well during their short time in operation, but S.H.G.F. Productions Co-Owner Matthew Boyle still wanted to lend a hand.
"It just kind of hit me one day when I was upstairs at Metals [a bar a grill] to do it for down here because I absolutely love coming to breakfast here, and I like mustaches so I thought it was a neat idea," Boyle said.
Boyle and 22 other people are competing to be King Mustachio, a contest that has continued throughout November. Contestants have been updating their mustache-growing progress on Facebook.
"There's numerous people with handlebar mustaches," Boyle said. "One of my managers at work wants to do like the circus, twirly, curly-Q mustache. There's some people who are doing lines just straight across to their sideburns. There's all sorts of things."
You can check out all the mustaches on their Facebook page "Meaningful Mustaches! A Fundraiser for Culina Vitalis."
Right now the company is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win locally donated prizes. The tickets also get you a seat at the Mustachio dinner scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 29th at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Tickets can be purchased for $5 at Headframe Spirits Distillery, Knights of Columbus, the Venus Rising, Mackenzie River Pizza Co. and the Park and Main Café. Food at the event will be provided by the students of Culina Vitalis.
Guest at the Mustachio dinner will have the opportunity to vote for King Mustachio. The top ten mustaches will be honored.
For more information contact Matthew Boyle at (406) 498.3549 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.