Artful bra silent auction raises money for breast cancer care, mammograms

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | 10:05 p.m. CDT; updated 10:45 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Artful Bra Contest featured 70 bras Tuesday at the silent auction. Money raised from the event will go toward patient care and mammographies at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

COLUMBIA — The Artful Bra Contest featuring a silent auction and reception filled the Missouri Theatre with laughter and music from a string quartet Tuesday evening.

The event featured 70 bras, including one made of bacon and another decorated with mosaic tiles.

Cup Size Winners

A Cup “Artful”

     1st place
          “Make Breast Cancer A Thing of the Past”
                         by Patricia Brooks
     2nd place
          “Fifty Shades of Pink”
                         by Crystal Elliott
     3rd Place
          “Tribute to Michael C. Perry, MD”
                         by Theresa Murphy, and Cyndee McCann

B Cup “Beautiful”

     1st place
          “Big or Small Save Them All”
                         by Morgan Cavcey
     2nd place
          “We’ve Got Our Plan How About You?”
                        by Beverly Curry and Tracy Batisch
     3rd Place
          “You Are ‘Tutu’ Important Not to do Your Monthly Self Exams”
                        by Robin Stoermer

C Cup “Creative”

     1st Place
          “Fight Like a Girl”
                        by Karen Guynn
     2nd Place
          “Cancer is a Word, Not a Sentence”
                        by Jennifer Bloss and Holly Oswald

     Tied With

     2nd Place
          “Fishing for a Cure”
                        by Nancy Young, Glenda Campbell, and Sherri Perry
     3rd Place
          “Fill in the Blank”
                        by Rebecca Ann Bergfield

D Cup “Delightful”

     1st Place
          “The Breast Gift”
                        by Lisa Moss
     2nd Place
          “Rah Rah Save the Tatas”
                        by Sherry Mills
     3rd Place
          “Forever a Warrior”
                        by Mary Jo Henry

The event has raised more than $19,500 over the past four years, according to Helen Oetting, director of external affairs for MU Health Care. After Tuesday, Oetting expects that amount to exceed $20,000, which Ellis Fischel Cancer Center says it will use to help women who have trouble affording mammograms and to fund care for those with breast cancer.

David Clithero, associate vice chancellor of the heath system, has been helping with the auction since it began four years ago.

"It certainly is a team effort," Clithero said before he assisted a woman onto the stage to view the bras.

Clithero isn't phased by the female dominant atmosphere, but wishes more men would make an appearance at the event.

"My being here might in some way encourage other men to participate," Clithero said.

On stage, some bras were displayed on hangers, while others were set on the tables. Each bra had a bidding sheet and guests were invited to participate by bidding and voting on their favorite bra for the People's Choice Award.

That distinction was given to Jessica Hagenhoff with Dermistique Face and Body, a salon off Forum Boulevard.

Because Dermistique specializes in skin care, the artist focused on skin cancer as well. The salon's creation featured a feminine mannequin dressed in a grass skirt and complete with a coconut bra.

For Paige Klein, Tuesday's event was her first. Her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and is now a five-year survivor. She said the event is a great way to celebrate her mom's life.

Paul Dale, chief of surgical oncology and interim director of clinical services at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, said the environment of the auction was wonderful.

"It's events like this that touch my heart," Dale said.

Supervising editor is Jacob Kirn.


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