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Blue Water Social Club hosts 5th annual ‘Stache Bash
Jamie Koebke
Staff Writer

“Do I look like a man or a creep?” was belted out during the opening ceremony of The Fifth Annual ‘Stache Bash took place on March 28, 1015 at McMorran in Downtown Port Huron.
‘Stache Bash is put on by the Blue Water Social Club and 100% of the proceeds go to The Thin Blue Line.
This year was a little bit different because ‘Stache Bash took place in McMorran’s auditorium, where in previous years it took place at Kate’s Downtown and Lynch’s Irish Tavern, along with other downtown businesses. They moved due to the growing number of people coming out to support the cause.
Contestants enter their mustaches and beards for auction. The highest bidder gets to decide whether they want to save the facial hair, or shave it.
Douglas Walsh, 34 of Port Huron, said “I shave for free so I figured why not shave for a good cause!” Walsh was only auctioning off his mustache however after $450 was pulled together he let them shave the beard as well. Walsh was the first of the night to be shaven.
A returning ‘Stache Basher Chris Wiegand, 43 of Lakeport, said, “I’m really hoping it’s (his beard, by the name of Ol’ Blue) saved this year!! Even my wife is hoping it’s saved this year!”
Chris’s beard raised $565 and Ol’ Blue was saved this year, topping his $401.75 total from last year.
WBTI DJ Sean Michaels put his mustache up for auction; he also did a strip tease and raised $225 for The Thin Blue Line.
‘Stache Bash isn’t just for people with beards and mustaches, but for people who enjoy them as well, and their families. Mike McKernam, 67 of Fort Gratiot, and his daughter Darcy Essmaker, 40 of Port Huron, came out to support the cause. “My dad wanted to come out and auction his mustache so we came to support him,” Essmaker said.
St. Clair County Community College Professor and Port Huron Police Lieutenant Joe Platzer, 45 of Port Huron said he came out to show support because “The proceeds go to The Thin Blue Line, which supports fallen officers and their families.”
Lieutenant Platzer didn’t auction his facial hair this year but said he has in past years.
This year ‘Stache Bash brought in a rough estimate of $5,000 for The Thin Blue Line according to Blue Water Social Club’s event coordinator Missy Campau.
“This brings everyone together for a good time and a good cause,” McKernam said.

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