When we first started thinking about Movember back in late summer, we knew we wanted to go all-in this year. With a long-time front-office staffer conquering his own cancer battle this year and Kevin Alston’s cancer diagnosis in April, we had two great reasons to get involved in a big way.
When we put the call out for people to join the Revolution’s Movember team, we figured a great goal would be to get about 30 people to join in, and to aim to raise $5,000 during the month of November.
We figured with a more concerted effort, on-going promotion of the Movember team and regular communications, we could really push a big fundraising number, especially after raising less than $1,000 in 2012 – our first year participating.
But then something special happened: everyone bought in and wallets started opening. Frequently… and large bills came falling out in Movember’s direction.
With Movember now over and (almost all) faces shaved clean, we are proud to say we busted past that original – and we thought stretching – goal we initially set. And we couldn’t have done it without your help.
Between the 66-member Revolution Movember team and the three players who participated in Movember as part of Team Gillette, the Revolution organization raised $21,876 for Movember!
The Revolution’s team – buoyed by the $18,516 raised by its members – finished 59th nationally in fundraising.
In the sports world, the Revs were the sixth-highest fundraising team in North America. The other five teams ahead of New England included NHL franchises, including the Carolina Hurricanes (32nd in U.S.), Boston Bruins (40th in U.S.), Phoenix Coyotes (49th in U.S.), Montreal Canadiens (eighth in Canada) and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (27th in Canada and the parent company of Toronto FC (MLS), the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), the Toronto Raptors (NBA) and the Toronto Marlies (AHL)).
The Revs finished third in fundraising in the Boston metro area, and were the top MLS-only team in fundraising.
More importantly, though, is what we accomplished: we raised A LOT of money for men’s health research and awareness.
Special recognition goes to five individuals on the Revolution team who raised $1,000 or more:
- Cathal Conlon - $2,272
- Matthew Stover - $1,502
- Kyle Lindsay - $1,248
- Brian Bilello - $1,146
- Eric Dragsbaek- $1,144
And for that, we owe everyone a big THANK YOU! If you participated in Movember, donated to Movember or just had to endure someone you knew growing a mustache, we send you a big thank you.
And while we’ll all wind down and enjoy the holiday eason this month, we’re already looking ahead to what 2014’s Movember campaign can bring. But one thing’s for sure, we’ll be looking to go bigger and bolder!
Happy holidays and thank you Revolution family!