2012-01-04 / Features

Going, Going, Gone

Photos Jason D. Antos Photos Jason D. Antos Astoria realtor, Paul Halvatzis, parted with his long-time mustache which he has sported for 35 years, to help raise money for those living with autism. On December 30, Halvatzis was joined by local business owners, elected officials, family and friends at Redken Saloon Salon on 30th Avenue in Astoria for the official shaving of his signature mustache. The salon is located directly across the street from a Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) facility of which Halvatzis serves as Vice President on its Board of Directors. It was Halvatzis’ children who dared him to part with his beloved mustache. “This is a remarkable occasion and it helps benefit so many who have this disorder,” Halvatzis said. A dozen men at the event had their beards and mustaches trimmed, each one donating a specific amount of money to QSAC. “Paul has had his mustache longer than QSAC has been in existence,” QSAC Executive Director Gary Maffei said. “We are thrilled to be working with him on his innovative fundraiser to bring much needed resources that will both improve and expand our services to those most in need across New York and Long Island.” Known as the Shave the ‘Stache for Autism Cash campaign, more than $13,000 has been raised thus far. Present at the event was his son, Paul, who has autism. When his son was diagnosed, Halvatzis was told that he probably would never speak or be able to function on his own. He began attending QSAC at the age of three and has since learned to read and write and swim and play basketball. District Leader Costa Contantinides and Loren Amor representing Assemblymember Aravella Simotas were also present. Halvatzis is seen here with salon owner Frank Arcabascio who performed the honors of shaving the mustache.

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