HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. (11/25/14)--Tuck away the electric razors and trimmers, as credit unions and their male staff members grow out their facial hair for "Movember," a month-long event dedicated to raising awareness for men's health.
New Jersey Credit Union League President/CEO Greg Michlig took the Movember challenge along with other league staff and New Jersey credit union leaders. If all of the New Jersey participants steer clear of razors until Sunday, the league will donate $1,000 to the Movember Foundation. (New Jersey Credit Union League Photos)
The month also encourages fundraising for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health programs.
The New Jersey Credit Union League has decided to take an especially proactive role this year, with Greg Michlig, league president/CEO, John Hendery, league business consultant, and Austin Rigby, the league's fall intern, shelving the shavers in hopes that member credit unions will take up the cause with them (The Daily Exchange Nov. 20).
"As Thanksgiving weekend and the final days of Movember coincide ... I encourage all to reflect on the things for which we are MOst thankful and also bring awareness to issues that matter MOst," Michlig wrote in The Daily Exchange.
The league will donate $10 to the Movember Foundation for each person, or "Mo Bro," who participates in the event. The league also will donate $1 for each day each participant doesn't shave.
So far, the league has had 25 participants from New Jersey credit unions sign up, including a number of staffers from Aspire FCU, Clark, with $183 million in assets; Essex County Teachers FCU, Bloomfield, with $14 million in assets; Garden Savings FCU, with $292 million in assets; and Rutgers FCU, New Brunswick, with $82 million in assets.
If each participant remains unshaven for the full 30 days in November, it will amount to a $1,000 donation from the league to the cause.
Affinity FCU, Basking Ridge, with $2.3 billion in assets, has 12 employees participating. The group has been divided into two groups called Team Joe and Team John. The two teams are competing to raise money to support free prostate cancer screenings at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
Follow the progress of those participating in the league's event on its Facebook page. Mo Bros also can participate on Twitter using the month's universal hashtags #Movember or #Movember2014.