#Movember Moustache Mixer A Success!
The #Movember Moustache Mixer was the last EBA mixer for the year, and it was an outstanding success! There were approximately 60 people there showing off their moustaches, enjoying the food, bidding on silent auction items and raising the prices of the live auction items – all in the memory of Edmonton Oilers video coach Brian “Rossco” Ross.
We teamed up with Olivia Fata and Central Social Hall, both companies that are members of the EBA, for the event in support of men’s mental health. The Movember Foundation has been the leading charity changing the face of men’s health. They’re addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
The EBA got involved in this event because of our commitment to our entrepreneurial members. Did you know that entrepreneurs and business owners are more susceptible to mental health issues?
In a 2015 study (US), mental health concerns were reported across 72% of entrepreneurs compared to 7% of the general public.
The EBA understands the importance of ensuring entrepreneurs are getting the support they need. Our events are meant to offer support for entrepreneurs in the Edmonton region, through professional and personal development, but also offer a sense of community for many entrepreneurs who work for themselves. This #Movember mixer was an excellent opportunity to raise some awareness (and funds) for mental health issues that affect our business community.
There were local celebrities showing their support, too, including Gord Steinke and John Sexsmith from Global News Edmonton. Gene Principe from Sportsnet lent his talents hosting the event as our emcee and the Oilers’ official DJ, Johnny Infamous, blasted out some tunes throughout the evening. The Ross family was also in attendance for the event in honour of their son, brother, father and friend Rossco – thank you to them for attending.
EBA members were there along with a lot of new faces in the business community, the afterwork crowd and people who just wanted to support this fun Movember event. In the end, we were able to raise $5,521.00 for Movember Canada! Thank you everyone for joining us in this great event and making a tremendous contribution to a great cause. And, thank you to long-time EBA supporter, Shelley Roslund, who helped organize the event.
We’ll see you at our next monthly mixer on January 31, 2019 at The Sawridge from 5:00-7:00PM.