Last night over 100 people from all over the region met at Kirkland’s Wilde Rover restaurant to celebrate the end of the competition to raise money and awareness to combat prostate cancer for the Movember Foundation. The Eastside Firefighters Pipes and Drums preformed and awards were given for the creepiest and best mustaches and also for the team raising the most money and individual raising the most money.
The Movember Foundation raises money and awareness internationally to combat prostate cancer. Firefighters are especially sensitive to this issue due to their increased risk for the disease. This year is the first year that the Kirkland Firefighters have participated in this growing annual event. Twenty-nine Kirkland Firefighters started the month clean shaven and over the course of the month grew mustaches. Some of these were great… most were not so great. But it was all done in good fun and for a great cause. Friends and family donate money to the foundation usually after asking why the individual is growing that mustache.
Kirkland Firefighters competed against Bellevue, Redmond and Eastside Firefighters to see whose team could raise the most money during the month of “Movember”.
This year’s winner was the Kirkland Firefighters with a total team of $3,634 raised. The highest individual collected amount was also by a Kirkland Firefighter. Evan Hurley of Kirkland Fire raised $811.
All of this money went directly to the Movember Foundation. The Kirkland Firefighters want to thank the community for its donations as well, the community effort helped put us over the top in our competition.
Discussions were had at last night’s event setting the table for a much larger competition. Next year’s event will pit firefighters on the Eastside versus their brother and sister firefighters in Seattle.