The estimable Chris Gordon of CapsSnaps.com (@Caps_Snaps) tells us all about the limey culmination of Movember at the British Embassy, attended by three of our favorite lip-adorned Capitals. Take it away, Chris.
It was clear the evening was going to be different when Jeff Schultz and Matt Hendricks showed up at the British Embassy dressed as policemen. Schultz had been combing the Internet looking for prominent mustachioed actors to dress up as: Burt Reynolds or maybe Tom Selleck from Magnum, P.I.
With the Caps on the road, he ran out of time. So MacKenzie Kelley, Schultz’s girlfriend, did the next best thing and bought police uniforms at a costume store.
Getting in the spirit of the event, Dominick Chilcott, the deputy head of the British Embassy, thanked the Caps for showing up as “The Village People.”
The occasion was a mustache-growing contest among the British, New Zealand and Australian embassies for Movember. Hockey is hardly a big sport in Britain, but the Caps met the crucial test to attend: they had mustaches.
Karl Alzner, the third Cap at the “Stache Bash”, did not wear a costume, but he did burnish his image. He confessed that his mustache had come in a little blond and had been dyed.
“It would have looked like a Carlson mustache,” remarked Alzner. Zing!
Alzner said fellow handlebar mo’ bro’ John Erskine wanted to attend, but he couldn’t get a babysitter.
The event began with began with beverages and schmoozing. Photos of all the Movember participants who worked in the embassies were set up on a table and attendees were encouraged to stuff money into a cup attached to their favorite’s photo. The three mo’ growers who received the most money would be judged by Hendricks, Schultz and Alzner to see which would receive the ultimate prize.
After voting was complete, the Caps gathered in the corner to began their deliberation. They could not reach a decision however. The winner was randomly selected, scientifically, by King Karl, who juggled the cups behind his back.
In the end, Ian Collard, first secretary for political affairs was selected as the winner, and a smashing good time was had by all.
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Officer Schultz admires photos of the mo’s.
Karl Alzner shows off his ‘stache.
and chats with his fellow Movemberist, Dominick Chilcott.
The Kiwis show of their mustaches.
Runner-up Martin Longden.
First place finisher Ian Collard.
Chilcott comparers himself with the clean shaven version on his ID badge.
The high-tech voting machines.
Schultz and Hendricks judge and um, Karl Alzner eats.
How could you not trust these guys to make a good choice?
Hendricks gives out the “Miss Movember” award to the woman who raised the most cash.
The “Man of Movember” poses with his lovely sash.
The man who was judged to have the worst mustache receives a much needed razor.
Alzner and Chilcott pose for a photo.
The Caps and champion facial hair grower Ian Collard.