By BRAD KELLAR
Organizers of the fifth annual “Bras for the Cause” fundraising campaign to help support the battle against breast cancer believe next week’s event will be bigger and better than ever.
For the past four years local philanthropists and volunteers have transformed into seamstresses, designers and bra wranglers, as cleverly created items of lingerie are put up for display for the critical eyes of judges, who can “buy” votes in support of their favorites for $1 each. Last year’s event drew more than 130 entries and raised more than $66,500.
Proceeds for this year’s Bras for the Cause will go to Janice’s Closet — a special fitting room located at Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville for women undergoing treatment for cancer — and the Hunt Regional Mobile Mammography Unit.
Janeen Cunningham, Pud Kearns & Alicia Wittkopf, Bras for the Cause 2013 Chairs, note that more than 200 women have already been helped by Janice’s Closet, which provides mastectomy bras, prostheses, wigs, compression garments, treatment gowns and other services free of charge to women in need of financial assistance.
Also, more than 65 percent of Hunt County women do not get yearly mammograms and it is hoped the Hunt Regional Mobile Mammography Unit will lower that percentage. The unit makes scheduled visits at businesses, churches, and other places to help screen women, providing early detection of breast cancer.
Entries for Bras for the Cause can be turned in October 7-8, between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. at Landon Winery, located at 2508 Lee Street.
— Entries can be made with a real bra of any size or color, a swimsuit top, bustier or even one made from scratch from any material.
— The bras can be decorated using any theme or materials, as long as it remains “G” rated.
— Those entering a decorated bra must provide a way to display it, via a lingerie hanger, a “body/mannequin”, frame, or some type of plan to mount it on a wall or grid.
— Those entering bras can shamelessly campaign for their creation. Judging will take place on the night of October 10. Starting at 6 p.m., the bras will be displayed along Lee Street between The Texan Theater and Landon Winery. Voting is open until 8:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony scheduled to begin 9:30 that night. Buffet dining will be available at Landon Bistro and Cup & Saucer Diner inside the Uptown Forum, 2610 Lee Street, and a cash wine & beverage bar will be at Landon Winery. A percentage of all food and beverage sales will be donated to the Bras for the Cause.
Additional information on Bras for the Cause can be found on the Calico Cat web page at www.calicocatgreenville.com/bras.