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Mustache Challenge Raises $2,447 to Support Men’s Health Research

Putting their best upper lip forward, 23 California campus Society of Fellows (SOF) members and supporters raised $2,447 in this year’s “Movember” event, a global men’s charity that raises awareness and funds for men’s health research and cancers affecting men. 

Calling themselves the “ScrippsMachismo” team and starting with clean-shaven faces November 1 (see clean-shaven group photo), participants solicited donations from sponsors, friends, and fans while growing mustaches throughout the month. Funds raised were donated to the Movember Foundation, which benefits the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LIVESTRONG).

The top three ScrippsMachismo fundraisers were: Dan McLeod, research fellow at University of California San Diego and long-time ScrippsMachismo team member; Usama Hindiyeh, research intern in the Mayford lab, and Peter Haberz, research fellow in the Wright lab. The team included two women, “Mo Sisters” Luise Sternberg, graduate student in the Sauer lab, and Cristina Bartocci, research fellow in the Denchi lab, who raised funds and helped organize the campus campaign.

Other SOF Movember events included a November 18 Happy Hour BBQ, with help from Rock Bottom Brewery, and a November 30 Mustache Day sale of stick-on upper-lip synthetic hairpieces.

“I am particularly happy that we managed to reach a lot of people at Scripps Research with our campaign and to raise awareness of cancers that affect men,” said SOF team organizer, Karsten Baumgaertel, research fellow in the Mayford lab. The global Movember effort raised a record-breaking $107.3 million through its recent events.

The SOF ScrippsMachismo team celebrated the Movember mustache challenge’s final day at the Rock Bottom Brewery November 30. Sporting month-old mustaches in support of men’s health research were (left to right) Alban Gaultier, Sanja Arandjelovic (displaying a supportive fake mustache), Eros Lazzerini Denchi, Keiji Okamoto, Taylor Bright, Stephan Meister, Karsten Baumgaertel, Shinji Okitsu, Michael Boland, Thomas Wagner, and Usama Hindiyeh.

Scripps Florida 'Sleigh' Delivers Toys for Tots

The Florida campus delivered a “sleigh” full of gifts to the Toys for Tots program, the bounty from its annual holiday season toy drive. Scripps Florida faculty and staff, with help from the Estate Planning Council of Palm Beach County, donated some 100 toys and games for distribution to the children of Palm Beach County. The “Santa helpers” who organized the event included Kathy Ryan, executive assistant; Susan Rode, philanthropy associate; Margaret Davis, building and facilities administrative assistant; Jeremy Pyle, education outreach specialist; and Sundie Love, human resources assistant.

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Richard Gephardt Issues Call to Action at Symposium on Medical Innovation
Richard Gephardt, chair of the Scripps Research Board of Trustees, president and CEO of Gephardt Government Affairs, and former U.S. House Majority Leader, issued a call to action to maintain the nation’s leadership in medical innovation at a recent symposium, Innovate California, sponsored in part by Scripps Research. Gephardt, who also served as the symposium’s master of ceremonies, emphasized the role medical innovation can play in meeting two critical national goals—economic growth and healthcare cost reductions. (Photo by Cindy Brauer.)