He likely doesn't know it, but Goose Gossage can be credited in helping lead a Newport Beach team to national victory.
The former major league pitcher's distinctive facial hair so inspired John Cornuke, the captain of Team Nuclear, that he decided to grow some just like it.
Then Cornuke, along with more than 180 other guys, used their mustaches to inspire others to donate to
Their victory, though, is really for all men. The $177,195 that Team Nuclear raised throughout November will go toward Movember's initiatives supporting prostate and
Cornuke's original goal was for his team to raise $125,000.
"For us, it was a pretty lofty goal," Cornuke said. "To do as well as we did, we're quite excited about it."
The fundraising was "a testament to the area that we live in, the people we have on the team and going out to raise money for a worthy cause," Cornuke added.
Throughout Team Nuclear's three years of Movember fundraising, they've amassed more than their goals and gained membership along the way.
Though founded in Newport by locals, the team recruited members from throughout the country this year, Cornuke said, in a "if we can't beat you, let's join you" mentality.
But, after going for a
Not at all. Neither does his family.
Getting rid of it was a "rebirth" and "cleansing experience," Cornuke said — all for a good cause, of course.
Top 5 United States Movember teams
1.) Team Nuclear of November — $177,195
3.) Macquarie Group, U.S. — $84,539
4.) Nvidia U.S. — $83,024
5.) Bro Hymn — $69,195
Top 5 worldwide Movember teams
1.) Mo CIBC — $286,802
2.) Macquarie Group — $206,379
3.) Athabasca Oily Strands — $191,823
4.) Walton Canada — $185,748
5.) Team Nuclear — $177,195