By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Other | Issue: October 2011
Boobdazzled Brassiere committee members Cheryl West and Peggy Trease admire a few of the bra art displayed at Dr. Melinda Steelmon’s OB/GYN office. Dr. Steelmon purchased several of the bras at the last bra art auction.
Bras in Claremore will never be the same after the Boobdazzled Brassieres dinner and auction on Thursday, October 20 at the RSU Centennial Center. These once discreet feminine undergarments will take on a new meaning as they raise funds for breast cancer research through humorous artistic expression.
This fun-filled event is a joint effort between Claremore Regional Hospital and the Claremore Chamber of Commerce. October is breast cancer awareness month.
The event will also feature presentations from local breast cancer survivors and a special keynote speaker from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
This year’s bra art auction theme will be “A Walk on the Red Carpet.” Pick your favorite movie and design a bra art around that movie for a fun way to express your artistic flair.
After dinner, local auctioneer Rick Reimer will present dozens of sequined, feathered and rhinestoned boobdazzling creations for sale to the highest bidder. Everyone is sure to get a big hoot out of the play on words from the bras’ unique themes.
Even men have gotten behind the cause. Many tell stories of how they were touched by the experiences of their wives, mothers or sisters. “It is hard for any of us not to know someone who has been affected by breast cancer,” adds Peggy Trease, Claremore Regional Hospital marketing director.
A panel of seven judges comprised of business and community leaders will determine first, second and third prizes in the categories of creativity and presentation. The amount of money in each bra’s box will determine the winner of the People’s Choice category. All awards will be presented at the dinner and auction event.
Peggy Trease says their goal is to raise $10,000 earmarked specifically for breast cancer research.
If you have an idea for a decorated bra, there is still time to submit an entry. The cost is $10 each. The contest closes on October 17.
Tickets for the dinner and auction are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance by contacting the Claremore Chamber of Commerce at (918) 341-2818. Corporate tables are also available. The RSU Centennial Center is located on the RSU campus.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.