Georgetown “Movember” Team Raises Nearly $27,000 for Men’s Health Initiatives

December 05, 2011 Movember MBA Team

Throughout November, a team of MBA students from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business sported mustaches for “Movember,” a global movement to raise awareness and money to support men’s cancer initiatives. In the end, the approximately 60 participants – including McDonough Dean David Thomas – and their women fundraising partners collected $26,841 for the cause.

This total places the Georgetown team second among all global business schools and first in the United States in the Movember MBA Challenge. London Business School finished first with more than $32,000 raised, and the Wharton School of Business came in third, with just over $14,000.

The Georgetown team also placed 24th overall among all U.S. teams, surpassing companies like Google and Campbell’s Soup in the final days of fundraising.

To participate in Movember, the men began November clean shaven and then committed to growing and grooming a mustached for the rest of the month to bring awareness to prostate and other cancers that affect men.

These men, and the women who also are supporting the cause, then sought sponsorship for their efforts. All donations were directed to programs run through Movember and their men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG, to fund survivorship initiatives, awareness and education, prostate cancer research, and reforms to men’s health.

This year, the global Movember campaign raised more than $105 million, surpassing last year’s total of $80 million.