With the tagline “With Great Facial Hair Comes Great Responsibility,” it’s obvious that the Vancouver Facial Hair Club takes its role seriously.
On June 3, the club hosts its 3rd Annual Facial Hair Competition In Support Of Men’s Mental Health Awareness.
Designed to raise funds and awareness for men’s mental health initiatives, all proceeds from the Gastown event will benefit the Vancouver-based organization HeadsUpGuys, while bringing together some of the city’s most prolific facial hair aficionados. They will compete in 12 categories, ranging from Best Beard Over 12 Inches to Build a Beard. Open to both men and women, the latter category invites participants to craft their own fake beard. So who are the judges?
Well, there’s San Francisco beard enthusiast Isaiah “Incredibeard” Webb; VP of The Facial Hair Club of Calgary, Lee Palichuk; three-time Freestyle Moustache World Champion, Keith “Gandhi Jones” Haubrich; and HeadsUpGuys Project Coordinator, Joshua Beharry.
Putting the whole thing together is the Vancouver Facial Hair Club. Founded by Garrett Resler in 2013, the club’s mandate includes promoting a positive image for facial hair, and fostering a sense of community among growers and beard enthusiasts.
“Vancouver Facial Hair Club is a growing community formed around the general appreciation for all things facial hair,” Resler said in a news release. “Men and women together, our mission statement is spreading positive facial hair awareness by helping out as many local charities and groups as possible, and breaking any stigma surrounding beards, moustaches, etc. This year we are incredibly happy to be working with HeadsUpGuys, which is a local charity helping with men’s health and depression.”
The Facial Hair Competition takes place on Saturday, June 3 at 4 p.m. at the Lamplighter Public House (92 Water Street, Vancouver, BC.) in Gastown. Spectator tickets are $10 at the door, along with competitor tickets for $20. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit HeadsUpGuys.