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Black Mountain employees celebrate Movember

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POLSON — It was a hairy day at Black Mountain Software on Nov. 22, not because it was Friday, but because Movember contestants were in the conference room to show off beards, mustaches and hairy legs. 

Movember began in Australia in 2003 when friends Luke Slattery and Travis Garone were talking about fashion trends and the fact that the “mo,” or mustache should make a comeback. In 2004 the two men joined by Adam Garone and Justin Coghland founded the Movember Foundation and used it as a way to bring awareness to men’s health. They chose prostate cancer, then a little recognized issue, and grew mustaches during November. Now Movember takes place around the world. 

The Black Mountain Software crew in Polson and at the Helena office decided to grow mustaches and peach fuzz to raise money - which they donated to the Prostate Cancer Research Institute in Los Angeles. The hairy folk raised approximately $250, and Black Mountain Software bumped it up to a $400 donation.     

Beginning on Nov. 1 clean shaven, they cultivated furry faces and legs. They each had a decorated jar on their desk so office mates could support their hirsuteness. 

Rumors floated through the offices that chicken manure poultices and kale cocktails stimulated hair growth, but no one would “fess up” to these methods.

Armed with measuring tapes and magnifying glasses, celebrity judges Dermot O’Halloran and Teresa Van Buren judged the contest.

Awards presented were:

David “Scruffy” Morton, most money raised and Mo Salt and Peppa beard; Mindy “Duck Dynasty” Corrigan, most extreme makeover; Melissa Chowning, downiest legs;  Bob “Baby Face” Nice, soft and touchable; Stacy “Griz” Violett, best facial hair growth.

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