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Waukesha company raises more than $800 in mustache challenge

Steve Brester of  Hamacher Resource Group vowed to shave his 30-year mustache if employees  raised a certain amount of money. They surpassed the goal and  Brester kept his promise.

Steve Brester of Hamacher Resource Group vowed to shave his 30-year mustache if employees raised a certain amount of money. They surpassed the goal and Brester kept his promise.

Dec. 3, 2013

Waukesha — The employees of Hamacher Resource Group (HRG), a marketing and research firm that serves the retail consumer healthcare industry, participated in various activities in November to raise funds and awareness for Movember (www. movember.com). Movember is an official global charity working to impact the face of men's health through raising funds and awareness to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.

A team of HRG associates organized and coordinated a number of events which included a mustache growing contest, a lycopene-rich lunch (the potent phytonutrient that has been shown in multiple studies to help reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer), silent auctions, Manly Movie Night featuring "Smokey and the Bandit," a movie full of mustachioed men, and a special challenge issued by Steve Brester, information technology manager and member of the HRG owners group.

Brester challenged the company to raise $850 and in return, he would allow employees to shave off his mustache —something he had never done himself. The group raised $1,151.42. Sacrificing a 30-plus-year companion to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer was a significant gesture for this Pewaukee resident.

The employees of HRG (www.hamacher.com) generously rose to Brester's challenge and gathered to watch his mustache disappear. The money will be donated to Movember efforts, http://us. movember.com/programs.

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