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.
A Cup “Artful”
“Make Breast Cancer A Thing of the Past”
by Patricia Brooks
“Fifty Shades of Pink”
by Crystal Elliott
“Tribute to Michael C. Perry, MD”
by Theresa Murphy, and Cyndee McCann
B Cup “Beautiful”
“Big or Small Save Them All”
by Morgan Cavcey
“We’ve Got Our Plan How About You?”
by Beverly Curry and Tracy Batisch
“You Are ‘Tutu’ Important Not to do Your Monthly Self Exams”
by Robin Stoermer
C Cup “Creative”
“Fight Like a Girl”
by Karen Guynn
“Cancer is a Word, Not a Sentence”
by Jennifer Bloss and Holly Oswald
“Fishing for a Cure”
by Nancy Young, Glenda Campbell, and Sherri Perry
“Fill in the Blank”
by Rebecca Ann Bergfield
D Cup “Delightful”
“The Breast Gift”
by Lisa Moss
“Rah Rah Save the Tatas”
by Sherry Mills
“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.
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