Innovative ‘Bras for the Cause’ Facilitates Cancer Awareness

First place winner of “Bras for a Cause” in 2017 was Trina Huebler, Enumclaw Senior Center van driver. Trina used nine “grandma style” handkerchiefs for the bra cups, seven hankies on the back of the bra and two on its straps, twisting them into floral designs. A 1940’s style dresser scarf from a yard sale completes the floral theme. Photo by D’Ann Tedford
First place winner of “Bras for a Cause” in 2017 was Trina Huebler, Enumclaw Senior Center van driver. Trina used nine “grandma style” handkerchiefs for the bra cups, seven hankies on the back of the bra and two on its straps, twisting them into floral designs. A 1940’s style dresser scarf from a yard sale completes the floral theme. Photo by D’Ann Tedford

Select an original theme. Decorate a brassiere and its hanger. Finally, enter the “Bras for a Cause” contest. You may be a committee-chosen trophy winner or perhaps selected as top bra winner by People’s Choice vote.

A call for contest entrants has gone out to artists, designers, and decorators to title a themed bra and submit the bra to “Bras for a Cause,” a campaign organized nationwide by breast cancer charities. The local event is held in Enumclaw.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, a worldwide annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and to highlight the importance of education and research into breast cancer cause and prevention. The Enumclaw event, in its eighth year, will be held on the first Thursday in October.

In the meantime, designers will need prep time to gather their ingenuity and assemble their needles, fabrics, and craft items. Bras of all types and sizes are eligible for entry. The only restriction is that all bra surfaces must be totally covered; in other words, no see-through bras. Past designs have ranged from sport themes to superheroes, fantasy to religion, farm life, comedy and more. Entry forms should be attached to the inside of the completed bra project and delivered to Enumclaw Senior Center before Tuesday, Oct. 2. The forms are available at the Senior Center, online, and several other locations [see last paragraph].

Fundraiser proceeds go to St. Elizabeth Hospital. The funds provide screening for breast cancer and mammograms for underserved and uninsured women and men in surrounding communities. Proceeds are generated from event entry fees, public voter tickets and a silent auction.

While the causeis no laughing matter, the “Bras for a Cause” event is described as a night of laughs, a display of meticulously designed and assembled bras, innovative creators, highly unusual décor, and clever placard messages like “Protect Your Breast Friends.” The silent auction has a wide array of high quality items awaiting claim via written bids. The auction is considered an extremely popular addition to the night.  Attendance at the cancer awareness event continues to rise each year. Year 2017 reached about 200 with 27 entries in the bra contest.

The call is now out for entrants in the 2018 contest tounveil ingenuity and create trends in bra style. No bra entry fee is required and October 4thevent tickets are waived when the bra entry form in completed. A committee will judge bras as first, second or third place winners. Winners are publicly announced and awarded official bra trophies that evening. There is also a “People’s Choice Category” chosen by $1 voter ticket holders. “Bras for a Cause” takes place at The Claw of Enumclaw, a facility located at 1324 Roosevelt Ave. E.

In addition to name, address, phone and email (optional), the “Bras for a Cause” entry form asks for an Entry Title (theme). Entrants are cautioned that their creation must be original, may not have won previous events, and must not infringe on any third-party rights. Bras must be taken home at the end of the evening.