Ellis Fischel Cancer Center to auction decorated bras

Friday, October 2, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Auxiliary supervisor Edlyn Donovan displays Joe Machens Ford's entry for the cancer center's Decorate-a-Bra Contest on Tuesday, in the center's basement. The bra features working headlights and the Mustang emblem. All 133 bras will be up for silent auction at the cancer center this Tuesday. The proceeds will benefit breast cancer patient programs and services.

COLUMBIA — More than 100 bras will line the hallways and lobby at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center next week when it holds its first Decorate-a-Bra Contest to raise money to fight breast cancer.

A silent auction of the decorated bras and a wine and cheese reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m Tuesday in the cancer center's main lobby. Admission is $20 per person or $15 per person for groups of 10 or more.

If you go

What: Decorate-a-Bra silent auction and reception

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m Tuesday

Where: Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, 115 Business Loop 70 W.

Tickets: $20 per person or $15 per person for groups of 10 or more

Information: 884-7676.

All funds raised will support breast cancer projects at Ellis Fischel.

“We’re hoping to raise a lot of funds for our program,” said Edlyn Donovan, supervisor of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Auxiliary. The auxiliary is sponsoring the event.

There were no official rules to decorating the bras, so participants had the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild.

The bras will be judged in five categories:

  • “A” cup is artful
  • “B” cup is bodacious
  • “C” cup is cancer-themed
  • “D” cup is delightful
  • “F” cup is funny

There have been 133 entries submitted from throughout Columbia and mid-Missouri for the contest.

The first-place winners will receive blue ribbons and gift baskets of prizes donated by Columbia restaurants and shops. The highest bidders will be able to take home the decorated bras and certificates to show that they donated.

“Sometimes cancer can be a little depressing, but this has been a lot of fun for patients as well as staff,” Donovan said.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 884-7676.

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Ruth Maddera October 10, 2009 | 4:46 p.m.

What a fun way to bring awareness. There is so much sadness when one finds they have cancer, not only the person but the family, friends. People need a bit of levity,to help fight off the blackness that so many find themselves in. There is hope, progress is being made daily for all types of cancer.
I applaude your group. They have one fine Auxiliary Supervisor.

I would love to see this type of event in my locale.



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