October 24, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT

Things are about to get hairy. Movember, the annual event that asks men to grow mustaches during the month of November, kicks off on the 1st to raise awareness and money for prostate and testicular cancer and mental-health issues. Since launching in 2003, the Movember Foundation has helped generate more than $550 million — not to mention the 2,400 conversations about men’s health sparked by each newly hirsute face, according to the organization. ”If you can grow a mustache, you’re likely to need a checkup,” says Movember ambassador Christoph Waltz. Visit movember.com to sign up and secure support from friends and family. On Oct. 31, get your last close shave and then enjoy 30 blissful days of facial-hair freedom.

In Other Good News…
Julia Roberts and husband Danny Moder were among the honorees at GLSEN’s 10th annual Respect Awards on Oct. 17 in Beverly Hills. The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s yearly fund-raiser, which recognizes individuals helping to increase safety and fight bullying in schools, brought in an impressive $1.2 million and also celebrated the work of NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, choreographer Derek Hough, and student advocate Cliff Tang.

Over on the East Coast, Spike Jonze and Lena Dunham cohosted the Lowline’s annual Anti-Gala on Oct. 8 in New York, raising money for the development of an underground park on the city’s Lower East Side. Says Dunham, ”[I’m] really excited by the Lowline’s potential as a downtown New York landmark/attraction/community space of the sort that we desperately need in a post-9/11 city.”

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