M is for the mustaches you gave Mom? That’s right, Mother’s Day Weekend, the Portland Beardsmen in conjunction with Imagine Possibilities, are putting the Her back in hirsute with the inaugural Beards & Roses program.
For just a small one-time donation — sliding scale from $69 to $199 for, respectively, six to two dozen long stem American Beauties arranged midst small mustaches — the mom of your choosing shall receive a one-of-a-kind bouquet at her office or place of employment on Friday, May 10th, 2013.
Furthermore, that purchase price guarantees delivery by one of our local Whisker Wars-famed follicular combatants clad in a tutu!
An additional twenty dollar donation will preserve the magic moment forever (and provide an unforgettable centerpiece to Mother’s Day dinners for years to come) by means of a Polaroid capturing the exchange.
Complete the package with a $25 limited edition Portland Beardsmen shirt printed in pink specially for this occasion, and rest assured that not only will Ma feel uniquely cherished but a deserving charity has also benefited from sorely needed assistance.
If the object of your maternal affection works outside of the strict constraints of the delivery area (unfortunately, limited numbers of Beardsmen means that only downtown moms and those working close by will be able to take advantage of the offer this first year of Beards & Roses), you might want to think about instead taking mother for a stroll along Director Park.
The newly-constructed civic meeting place, centrally located between SW Taylor and Yamhill Streets, shall house a tent set up by representatives of the Portland Beardsmen with Polaroid ops, individual flowers and t-shirts for sale, and information about the vital role played by Imagine Possibilities.
After aiding developmentally disabled Oregonians for more than half a century as part of the ARC, disagreement with direction of national leadership led the Washington County-based resource to break from the larger network and relaunch itself as Imagine Possibilities. Alas, though they’ve sustained their ever-more-essential services while expanding mission parameters, making ends meet has grown increasingly difficult as a result of the surrounding economic turmoil still affecting the region (as well as the dip in fundraising common consequence of any titular changeover). The offer of help from another local institution itself struggling to improve popular recognition of a streamlined brand and broadened focus seemed a perfect fit.
Following upon the success of their inaugural event — the Bearded Civil War, a freestyle match determining the most inventive contestants in Oregon and Washington with all proceeds donated to the Oregon Food Bank — the Portland Beardsmen had been searching for a way to more directly aid a worthwhile charity. Once the club leadership learned of the financial problems continually faced by Imagine Possibilities, they immediately recognized the opportunity to aid the non-profit while also satisfying another club desire: two beards with one stone, you might say.
“One of the guys had started wearing a custom made tutu during competitions,” said Founder and Senior Council Member (and Portlandia mainstay) Jedediah Aaker. “It made a deep impression — actually, it made us a little jealous, and we decided to do a fundraiser so we could all enjoy some tutu action.”
Aaker was recently awarded second place in the Full Beard w/ Styled Mustache category at the Northern California Beard & Mustache Competition held in Folsom to benefit the municipal zoo. To promote their appearance at that bout, which added four medals to the Beardsmen’s burgeoning collective bounty, the Beardsmen (Aaker in lion costume throughout) operated an exceedingly popular photo booth at Petlandia to raise money for the Dove Lewis Animal Hospital.
Despite their eccentric appearance and the once-popular dismissal of facial hair cultivation as a solitary pursuit, local bearding enthusiasts have been actively involved within social outreach programs and fund-raising efforts from the very first follicular gatherings. Early organizers underscored the importance of forging partnerships with deserving organizations as a means of building strong roots within the community and attracting respectful attention to an often misunderstood pursuit blossoming in popularity among men and women.
Though they may be a part of Father’s Day activities and future floral deliveries, the Whiskerinas auxiliary (granted rather more artistic license when crafting approximations of beards and mustaches) will sit out this specific event. There was a general consensus that the intended clientele would most enjoy photo opportunities highlighting the contrast between mothers of all ages and a bouquet-wielding Beardsman resplendent in full pixie regalia.
“Everybody has a mother,” said Aaker, “and we all grow hair. We’re mammals, basically, and mammals should help one another out when things get tough. Especially on Mother’s Day!”
Roses can be ordered at www.ImaginePossibilities.net
by Jay Horton