September 30th, 2015

A fundraising moustache that had no idea a simple dare would change its outlook forever.

Once Upon a Moustache...
There I was, a 25-year-old with a moustache. Having lost my grandpa to prostate cancer, I stumbled across with the help of a fellow Mo Bro and decided to grow all out.

As the owner of O’Daly’s Irish Pub in Mobile, Alabama, I used the pub as an avenue to raise awareness while also creatively engaging in fundraising. It was on the night of November 18th, 2012 that I was minding my own business during our Moustache Party. I was reflecting on how grateful I was to be surrounded by such a supportive community as well as many other volunteers who donated their upper lip to the cause. 

All of a sudden while holding up my wall of reflection, I felt this tug on my very real moustache. As my facial property was being tampered with, my demeanor changed to a “who could be ruining this moment” kind of attitude.

Abruptly, I looked over to see this beautiful, sunshiny blonde with a dark brown walrus 'stache. All I could say was, “You’re not from here, are you?”

She sure wasn’t. It just so happened to be her first visit to O’Daly’s since her move to Mobile for grad school.

I am thankful everyday that she took her friend’s dare to attempt to rip my moustache off and even more thankful that my moustache was willing to take the tugging.

While sporting a moustache of her own at our Moustache Party two years later, I took to a knee. With my moustache in the spotlight again, I asked for her hand and heart forever. Even with her thick black moustache, I could tell by her smile we were destined for a lifetime of furry love.

As fate and moustaches would have it, we tied the knot this past June. Bringing that moustache full circle with groom's cake, hashtags, and moustache photos alike.

My moustache should get the credit for all of these amazing memories in my life. If it wasn’t for him I would have never met the girl of my dreams at my favorite location with all of the people I love.

Check out the video I made for my wife for our wedding weekend of how we first met.

I'm returning as a Mo Bro for my 6th year in 2015, and my wife Samantha and I are hoping to double our fundraising goal in honor of my grandfather and Mo Bros and Mo Sistas everywhere.