LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 12/2/11
From Press Release
If you connected the facial hair of the supporters from the 3rd Annual Lacrosse Mustache Madness campaign it would probably reach from coast to coast. Over 627 supporters participated in this year’s fall campaign which has generated a staggering $95,000 for the HEADstrong Foundation and the fight against blood cancer.
Lacrosse Mustache Madness organizers Ken Clausen, Rebecca Vozzo and Pat Colleluori along with campaign partners Warrior, Inside Lacrosse and Lacrosse.com are pleased to announce that both registration and fundraising totals have nearly doubled over years prior. This year the campaign introduced Limited Edition product and incentives through Lacrossewear, Sock Guy and Headwrapz which has been very effective in driving campaign awareness.
“We are ecstatic about the support for this year’s Lacrosse Mustache Madness campaign. The effort put forth by the lacrosse community was unbelievable. To raise $95,000 for the HEADstrong Foundation in a little over a month’s time is quite an accomplishment. Better yet, we looked good while doing it! Everyone involved should be extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish! I can’t thank everyone enough for their involvement.” Campaign Founder, Ken Clausen
“The HEADstrong Foundation is proud to be the benefactors of Lacrosse Mustache Madness. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to Ken Clausen, Rebecca Vozzo and all of the participants this year. Your commitment to our fight is heartfelt and motivating.” HEADstrong Foundation President and Nick’s Mom Cheryl Colleluori
For the second straight year Ben Kaminow has taken the coveted Stache Crown generating $10,372 and spearheading Syracuse Lacrosse to a first place finish in the Team Fundraising category. Syracuse Lacrosse raised $13,711, knocking off two time defending Lax Stache Madness Champion Virginia Lacrosse.
Participation incentives and rewards will be distributed over the course of the next 6 weeks. Fundraising incentive brackets include:
$250.00-499.00 – HEADstrong Sack Pack with 3 Pack of Lime Green Balls
$500.00-$749.00 – $50.00 Gift Card to Lacrosse.com
$750.00-$1000.00- Annual subscription of Inside Lacrosse Magazine
Above $1000.00- Warrior Relentless 27 Strung Evo Head
The HEADstrong Foundation works to advocate, raise awareness and funds for those affected by blood cancer and those working to eliminate it. HEADstrong Foundation generates funds for blood cancer research, distributes grants and provides assistance to patients and survivors of blood cancer. In addition, HEADstrong Foundation awards scholarships and grants for students with ambitions of entering the medical field.
Founder Nick “Head” Colleluori attended Hofstra University where he played lacrosse. While at Hofstra, Nick was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. While sick he began counseling other patients and began laying the framework for what would become the HEADstrong Foundation, in an effort to raise cancer awareness and help others and future patients that found themselves in a similar situation. In August of 2006 Nick even found the strength to play in one last lacrosse game. Nick passed away on November 28, 2006 at the age of 21. Even though he is gone, his memory and relentless determination lives on through the HEADstrong Foundation.