Mo’vember contest gets hairy

The Mo’vember finals were a night to remember with The Beatles in attendance, Freddie Mercury strutting his stuff, Hulk Hogan as one of the judges, two Ned Flanders from the Simpsons and even Borat making a surprise appearance in his banana hammock. 

Men who had spent a month growing their wild and wonderful moustaches finally learned if their upper lip hair and sideburns had what it took to win a trophy, and women donned moustache masks and painted their faces to try to win the Mo Sista awards. 

The annual event raised more than $60,000 for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society this year. On 1 November, contestants queue up to get freshly shaved and then have a month to grow their ‘taches and battle it out for the best mo’ on the stage of Margaritaville on 30 November, or as it is known for that one night, Mo’garitaville. 

Winner of the best “freestyle” moustache and the overall Man of Mo’vember winner was Phil Coley, whose tight white jeans and vest and neat moustache channelled the spirit of Freddie Mercury. Another British music act – The Beatles in their Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club mode – was also a big hit with the audience, but did not win any prizes. 

MC for the night, Furious, rocking a redneck trucker style, tried to keep things under control throughout the night, presenting the various finalists in the under-12 (for the most pathetic moustaches), Magnum, Trucker, Mo Sista, Freestyle and Ginger categories, as well a sponsored head shave and leg shave. 

One audience member paid $175 to shave the head of A Crazy Idea 100-mile runner James Murray, while Dr. Sook Yin, sporting a painted-on goatee and cowboy hat, offered $100 for the shaver not to shave off the runner’s eyebrows. Murray left with his eyebrows intact. 

Speaking the morning after the finals, Jennifer Weber of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society said she was amazed and grateful for the huge amount of support the community shows to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.  

“I’m still laughing,” she said. “It was such a fun night. It’s incredible. The people of Cayman just give and give and give.” 

“Volunteers like Tim Rossiter [who was a red headed devil] and the community of people who put this together are just amazing,” she said. “They don’t get paid, they’re all volunteers, and they did such a great job.”  

Paul Elk won the trophy for raising the most individual money with $1,305 raised, while Ernst & Young won the Corporate Challenge. 

There will more hair-raising fundraising for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society on Thursday, 8 December, at the Be Bold, Be Bald, Be Beautiful event at Karma restaurant on West Bay Road at 7pm when four people – three men and a woman – will shave their heads for charity. The night before, at 7pm on Wednesday, 7 December, at Margaritaville, there will also be a Bingo night to raise funds for the Cancer Society, with free entry and $2 per game. 

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The Beatles congratulate Freddie Mercury on winning the title Man of Mo’vember. – PHOTO: NORMA CONNOLLY