Like/Dislike: Adam Van Bavel, community volunteer

Adam Van Bavel
Adam Van Bavel (Jenifer Moss Morris)

For one month each year, Adam Van Bavel doesn't shave his mustache. He does this to not only get strange looks, but to also help kids in need.

"My mustache is a gleaming example of how bad you can look in the name of good," Van Bavel said.


The 33-year-old Pigtown resident and Baltimore native has volunteered at Mustaches for Kids for the past four years, and was named Baltimore's "Best Do-Gooder" by the City Paper readers' poll.

Members of Mustaches for Kids grow mustaches for one month and raise money to benefit Baltimore City public schools. Since the Baltimore chapter was founded in 2008, it has raised $125,000 to fund teacher-submitted projects, which have impacted 75,000 public school students.


Van Bavel took some time to discuss his favorite famous mustache, worst pet peeve and more.

Worst pet peeve? Ignorance

Favorite famous mustache? I'm from Baltimore … John Waters! John Oates gets runner up.

Song you are loving right now? "Madness," Muse

Last concert/gig you went to? Can't Hang at the Riptide Pool Bar.

Your worst habit? My grandmother got me to quit biting my nails as a child by telling me girls don't like boys who bite their nails. I still pick around them when I'm anxious or stressed.

Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Uggs. Of any type.

What's on your iPod? I listen exclusively to Pandora. Rise Against is usually the channel.

Last video that made you laugh? "Mitt Romney Style," a "Gangnam Style" parody.

Last great book you read? "The NEW Elevator Pitch" by Chris Westfall.

What/who inspired you to become involved in charity work? The power of a smile and going to bed knowing my efforts are creating positive change.

Food you hate? I'm like a garbage disposal. One day my metabolism is going to catch up, but until then … feed me!


Favorite place to get a drink? Rowhouse Grille in Federal Hill.

TV shows you can't get enough of? "Modern Family." It's a great show and I have a huge crush on Julie Bowen.

Favorite/least favorite fashion statement? Not caring about what's in fashion/people who care about what's in fashion.

Favorite thing about Baltimore? The history, culture and diversity in our city is unprecedented.


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