A raucous crowd of some 800 at the non-partisan American Mustache Institute’s ‘Stache Bash 2013 witnessed the first ever co-winners of the Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year, presented by Wahl Trimmers.

Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) County Clerk D. Bruce Hanes and woodworking craftsman David Stine of St. Louis each took home 24 percent of more than 1.45 million votes for the Goulet Award, finishing ahead of better-known finalists including professional hockey player Mike Brown, minor league baseball pitcher Bryan Harper, and newsman Ron Burgundy.

AMI CEO Causgrove crowns Stine (left) and Hanes (center)

AMI CEO Causgrove crowns Stine (left) and Hanes (center)

“I am honored and humbled to be chosen as one of the Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached Americans of the Year,” said Hanes. “I’m proud to live in a country where I can share the same rights and privileges as my clean shaven fellow citizens. All the nominees are fine examples of hirsute American altruism, and as AMI understands, it’s not about the mustache alone but what you do with the mustache.”

A military veteran, in July Mr. Hanes began fighting his state’s anti-gay marriage ban by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, believing Pennsylvania’s Marriage Act to be unconstitutional.

“Having the first tie is remarkable in-and-of itself,” said AMI Chief Executive Officer Dr. Adam Causgrove.  “But in the extraordinary six-year history of the Goulet award, I’ve never been so proud of who the voting public has elected as winners.”

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 10.23.31 AMMr. Stine – who without knowing he was the Goulet award winner participated in an eight-city road trip en route to ‘Stache Bash in support of AMI’s Workplace Mustache Study – is an award-winning wood craftsman (StineWoodworking.com) who builds tables and wooden furniture from sustainably harvested trees on his family’s 1,000 acres. In his spare time he trains young woodworkers and is an avid supporter of 4-H and other educational and arts nonprofits.

“Of all the accolades in my life, including graduating Summa Cum Laude from Penn State and earning my Jurist Doctorate from George Washington, sharing the Goulet award with Bruce Hanes may be the pinnacle moment,” said Stine. “I am truly honored and want to thank the American Mustache Institute and those who saw fit to vote for me.”

Determined by popular vote and now in its sixth year, the Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year is not a best mustache contest, but is awarded to the person who is deemed to best represent the Mustached American community.

Past Goulet award winners include retired New York City police detective Tim Galvin (2008), professional baseball player Clay Zavada (2009), Orlando-area firefighter Brian Sheets (2010), professional baseball player John Axford (2011), and Causgrove (2012), who at the time was not affiliated with AMI.

In its 438th year, the American Mustache Institute’s ‘Stache Bash presented by Wahl Trimmers (see photos here), is AMI’s annual costume-heavy celebration of the sexually dynamic Mustached American lifestyle. In 2013, ‘Stache Bash benefitted Steps to Independence, a Pittsburgh-area non-profit focused on Conductive Education for children with motor disabilities such as cerebral palsy.