10/20/2011 07:01 pm ET | Updated Dec 20, 2011

Voting For Coveted Goulet Award Nears Finish Line

With voting for the Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year set to close on Sunday, Oct. 23, the competition continues at a record voting pace.

Current leaders for the award astro-physicist Stephen Hawking calls "on par with the Nobel Prize for Peace" include coffee shop and music venue owner Ronnie Moore of Decatur, Ala., Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford, popular radio host Bob Kevioan of the "Bob & Tom" radio program, Erie, Penn., newscaster Sean Lafferty; and future President Herman Cain.

See the full crop of 2011 finalists here.

The winner will be named at AMI's annual 'Stache Bash 2011 on Oct. 28 in Chicago, the Halloween event that celebrates the sexually dynamic Mustached American lifestyle that kicks off the Movember global moustache-growing charity campaign, raising awareness and funds for cancers affecting men.

"This competition is tight -- Solid Gold Dancers tight," said Dr. Aaron Perlut, chairman of the American Mustache Institute. "Once voting completes, we will work with former President (Jimmy) Carter to reconcile the austerity of the process and at 'Stache Bash in Chicago on October 28, name our 2011 winner. A great day indeed for Mustached Americans and clean shaven mortals alike."

The 2011 Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year award, presented by Miller Lite, honors the late and legendary Robert Goulet, whose voice, trademark mustache, sense of humor, and black leather jackets represented a quadruple-threat of talent the American Mustache Institute is proud to salute. The award is NOT A BEST MUSTACHE CONTEST, but recognizes the person who best represents or contributes to the Mustached American community over the past year.

Voting will be recorded by a PHP Web application and the data stored in a Structured Query Language (SQL) data base under the oversight of the American Mustache Institute and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who will tabulate and certify the final vote count.

The winner is then named at 'Stache Bash 2011.

"Fall is indeed mustache season -- a glorious time of year," added Dr. Perlut. "And it's a great opportunity to remind people there is no such thing as a bad mustache. Just bad people who don't own or operate mustaches."