The Mustache Diaries — chronicling a great cause in Long Beach

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My hard work paid off and the donations were flying in. It was at this point that I had an epiphany right out of the movie “Field of Dreams.” I was on Facebook when I saw that my brother’s girlfriend had posted a photograph of what looked like a 12-foot mustache seesaw with two gentlemen riding on it. And there it was: If you build it, the donations will come.

My friend Charles “Moose” Gusler volunteered to help construct the monstrous mustache seesaw for charity. A few days later, a 12-foot piece of plywood and a pound of dry screws were turned into the incredible Mustache See-Saw.

The Mustaches for Kids Long Island Chapter now has another powerful fundraising tool in its hands. The giant seesaw mustache made its first public debut at our Mustache Family Day at Swingbelly’s two weeks ago. It was awesome and was truly enjoyed by mustache aficionados of all ages.

This season for me has been quite an adventure, and more than 100 Mustaches for Kids participants have done their jobs well and are getting the attention of the public to secure donations. The end of our season is quickly approaching, but it’s not too late to donate. Donations can be made online by going to and clicking on the red “Donate Now” button. And on Oct. 27, our 6th annual ’Stache Bash fundraiser will take place at The Inn in Long Beach from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The giant mustache seesaw will be on hand, of course, along with music, raffles, and lots of mustache inspired entertainment. We hope to see you there.

Vincent Leis is a teacher at Baldwin High School and a proud grower of the ’stache

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