Wednesday, April 13, 2011

St. Clair Shores official has a top ‘stache in town

Members of the St. Clair Shores City Council are jokingly referring to Chris Rayes as the “Tom Selleck of St. Clair Shores” these days.
Is it because he drives a red Corvette around Hawaii? Nah, he just grew a lush and luxurious mustache.
Rayes, director of the city’s Community Development and Inspections department, recently came in second place for having the best mustache in a contest sponsored by the city’s firefighters union, International Association of Firefighters Local 1744.
Best mustache contest? That's right. Firefighter Dan Sebastian said the local came up with the contest, which was held at Boat Works Bar & Grill, as a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Great Lake Burn Camp. Participants each paid a $20 fee to enter and then collected pledges.
To qualify, Rayes had to first shave his mustache and let it grow back. That took about three weeks.
“It’s the first time in 30 years I didn’t have a mustache for a period of time,” said Rayes, a 14-year veteran of City Hall.
Firefighters Adam Walleman came in first place, while Ian Griffin finished third.
The winners received some special gifts but all participants took home new Gillette razors, organizers said.
Rayes is to be commended not only for being a good sport, but also raising $465 in pledges on his own – the highest amount raised in the event by an individual.
He won -- and not just by a hair.


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