Mustache Bash comes to Fort Collins

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Correction: The Mustache Bash proceeds are going to injured riders, not the Larimer County Food Bank. The Collegian regrets this error.

Are you somebody who enjoys off-road motorcycling or ATV riding or knows loved ones who do? What about mustaches? C’mon, we all love those!

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If so, the third annual Mustache Bash is the party for you. The event will be held at Hodi’s Halfnote in Old Town on Saturday, Dec. 7.  It is hosted by Benny Tozzi, Luke Probst, Brad Motherway, Thayne Us, Shauna and Todd Sledge and Mark Wright.

The Mustache Bash is an event where all the proceeds from the silent auctions, raffles, merchandise and giveaways goes to the RiderDown Foundation. Bruce Vermeulen is one of the people that made the event happen.

“After personally going through a bad crash and injuries I was fortunate during my recovery period to still be able to earn a living and pay my bills. A lot of my riding buddies with different types of jobs wouldn’t have been so lucky,” Vermeulen said.

The RiderDown Foundation is a non-profit charity to help injured riders and their families with medical expenses and personal assistance.

Tozzi started the event as a yearly tradition to shave “No Shave November” beards into mustaches for the first weekend of December.

As more people started gathering for the annual party, they decided to take it a step further and raise money to help their fellow riders.

“The RiderDown Foundation was chosen because they had helped our friend Aaron when he was injured while riding motocross, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down,” Tozzi said.

The first year the event took place, it raised over $9,000 and the second year raised over $14,000.

This was even more remarkable because Aaron Hill received this money unsolicited. Hill started to get checks in the mail because the foundation had heard of his injury.

“This is our way to give back to a charity that does so much for so many,” Tozzi said.

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By attending this charity event, attendees will be able to show their support for fellow riders and their families while wearing a mustache and celebrating the sport of riding.

There will be a DJ present, according to Daniel Mladenik, the owner of Hodi’s Halfnote.

“There will be a DJ playing all night but the night is more about the cause than the music itself,” Mladenik said.

All ages are welcomed and tickets are available at the door only. All the proceeds go towards riders and families.

RiderDown Foundation is always looking for volunteers. Volunteers do more than promote the foundation and help raise money for the cause. Volunteers are able to put together care packages and visit injured riders and their families in times of need.

“I started looking around and saw a real need for the amature/recreational rider who goes down,” Vermeulen said. “The pros have a lot of support and resources available, but the average guy who rides for the sheer love of it is on their own — we changed that.”

Collegian Entertainment Reporter Makaela Bamonti can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com.