‘Bras for the Cause’ to raise money for breast cancer awareness, research

Katie Mest

Staff Writer

K.A.Mest@iup.edu

10/4/16

 

The Indiana Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) will be displaying embellished bras around the Indiana community for a worthy cause starting this week.

Individuals, groups and businesses in the area had the chance to decorate and donate bras up until last Friday.

Normally, BPW collects about 25 to 30 bras to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

bra_18The bras will be spread out amongst three locations around Indiana: the Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC) cafeteria Monday through Wednesday; in front of Stapleton Library Thursday and Friday; and the Indiana Mall next Friday through Sunday.

The community can go to the separate locations to vote on their favorite bra by monetary donation.

The bra at each location that raises the most money is declared the winner of that location.

Local individuals, businesses and organizations can also donate gift baskets that will be paired with the bras at a Oct. 20 gala at the Elks Lodge.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the entrance fee is $10, which includes a paddle for the quarter auction and a meal.

Kim Wick, a member of BPW, encourages students to participate in the Bras for the Cause event, which has now been going on for eight years.

“[Students] can attend the gala and bid on baskets there,” Wick said.

“They can also vote for their favorite bra if they don’t want to attend the gala.”

The Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will assist BPW by setting up the stand at the library and helping with the gala. ZTA’s national philanthropy is breast cancer awareness.

The money from the event goes toward Birdie’s Closet and the BPW scholarship fund for an Indiana County high school senior to go to college or technical school.

Birdie’s Closet is a boutique at the IRMC. It is run entirely off donations and provides resources for women battling cancer.bra_20It also allows patients to explore fashion and even meet with professional fitters for arm sleeves, bras and prosthetics, according to the IRMC website.

Last year, Birdie’s Closet received $7,161.98 from the Bras for the Cause event. This year, the goal is $8,500.