Shaving for a cause

Pinkerton Academy administrators start clean-shaven for a month of facial-hair fundraising

Union Leader Correspondent |
November 08. 2013 1:13PM

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy students might have trouble recognizing some of the administration and faculty members who had their mustaches shaved off on Halloween to benefit men's health.

The "Stashtros," as they dubbed themselves, are participating in "Movember," a global movement that encourages men to grow mustaches during November and solicit donations for men's health. One of the few rules requires that every man who participates start on Nov. 1 without a mustache or beard.

To ensure the rule was followed, several administrators and a teacher gathered at the school's brand new cosmetology building to lose their facial hair. Cosmetology students volunteered their skills to help in the effort.

Doug Cullen, CTE career coordinator, had kept his mustache for more than three decades since he first grew it in 1979.

"I figured this would be a great cause for it," said Cullen, after the mustache became but a memory. "It's the right idea."

Caught up in the Movember movement, he even decided to take an additional step and was planning on getting a military-style haircut afterward.

Headmaster Mary Anderson applauded the event and said the Pinkerton community is uniting behind the Stashtros. Movember isn't just for men to support, she added.

"Our female faculty is supporting the guys by donating," Anderson said.

John Vaccarezza, associate dean for the senior class, said this is the first year Pinkerton has participated.

"It's kind of one of those things where a couple of guys started talking, and it was backed by the administration, and we said we could do this as a whole community," said Vaccarezza, the team captain.

Initially, Vaccarezza said he had hoped there would be 30 new members who would donate, raising a total of approximately $3,000. But this goal was easily surpassed as there were already 50 new members, even before the official start, he said Thursday. So far, he said $860 had been raised that will go to help fight prostate and testicular cancer.

A group photo is planned for Dec. 2, he said.

"Everyone is going to be in the picture to show the unity of the community for the cause."

Cosmetology student Gabbie Guinto, a senior, said she didn't know what to expect of the event after shaving the mustache and beard of Glenn Ahrens, dean of students.

"I've never done that before, so it's like a first time for everything," Guinto said.

She enjoyed helping in the effort and appreciates the challenge of cosmetology.

"It's really cool being in this program," Guinto said. "You get to do all sorts of things; you're always learning something new."

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