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Firefighter Named Mustached American of the Year

Firefighter Named Mustached American of the Year

Susan Perlut crowns Brian Sheets while Aaron Perlut looks on

St. Louis Dispatch via YellowBrix

December 07, 2010

Under the gaze of some 300 enthusiastic hairy and hairless-lipped onlookers, an Orlando, Fla.-area firefighter who founded a mustache-based charity was crowned with this year’s “Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year” award.

The firefighter, Brian Sheets, managed to capture about 110,000 of more than a half million votes cast online, to win the title and his stately $3 crown on Saturday night at the American Mustache Institute’s annual charity benefit at Mike Shannon’s Outfield.

Outstanding get-up of the evening -even though there was no such award - would have gone to AMI chairman Aaron Perlut who was decked out in Elvis glasses and a full-length furry coat covering leopard-patterned underpants. His wife, Susan Perlut, also looked great in a Ms. Santa costume.

AMI partnered the annual event with Movember, an international charity that encourages men to grow mustaches, and raised about $16,000 to fight cancers affecting men. The mostly for fun AMI has its headquarters here.

Sheets bested a strong group of mustached contenders, including U.S. Sen.-elect and North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven; Minnesota Twins pitcher Carl Pavano; Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten; social documentarian Morgan Spurlock; and the Mayor of Sacramento, Calif., Kevin Johnson, who also was a former pro hoops player.