Few people have ever seen Dave Blume (Partner, Roseville Office) without his classic mustache. It’s part of Dave’s identity, something he’s proudly displayed since he was a teenager. But now it’s gone, and it’s all for a good cause.


Since losing his mother to cancer, Dave felt motivated to do something to help raise money for cancer research and prevention. That something turned out to be No-Shave November, an effort that has raised more than $3.5 million over the past six years. No-Shave November is a web-based (https://no-shave.org), non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education.


Dave’s initial goal was to raise $500. That goal was met and exceeded, with more than $700 raised. The only thing Dave needed to do was shave his beloved ‘stache.


“It feels very strange. I’ve had a mustache since I was in junior high,” Dave said. “I shaved it off 30 years ago, but only for one day.”


Like a rare sighting of Haley’s Comet, people should see the clean-shaven Dave soon since he’s planning to grow the mustache and a full beard, for No-Shave November. Jim Fitzhugh of RSP Architects was thrilled to hear about Dave’s decision to shave, saying “Finally! We’ll find out what he’s been hiding all these years.”


To some people, losing the ‘stache wasn’t a big deal, Dave said. Others said it makes him look younger.


“To others it seemed like I defaced a national monument by removing an ‘epic mustache.’ Those are the people that I really care about,” Dave said.