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Bras Cause rakes in over $36,000

CROSBY – The Second Annual Bras for the Cause benefit held last Saturday was a stellar success raising about $38,000 before costs to combat breast cancer via the American Cancer Society.

The event was sponsored by the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Committee of the Crosby Fair and Rodeo in conjunction with and at the David H. McNerney American Legion Hut 658. All proceeds from this exciting event will to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research and education. This event followed last year’s successful venture bring in $30,000 with all the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

No more poignant opening speaker could have matched Debbie Holmelin that knows first hand from having lost her husband to breast cancer the pain the disease can cause.

The Master of Ceremonies, Susie Garcia, announced a series of 22 local macho male models for bras designed by 19 artistic designers. Susie was taking the place of local television personality Don Nelson that was coping with rotor cup surgery. Susie is one of those regular Texas women that exude personality and her picture is next to the new dictionary definition of charisma. Garcia’s comments got laughs and audience participation in the fund-raising and was amplified by Chuck Richnow’s spinning out some coordinated music. The models strutted throughout the American Legion Taj Mahal displaying the designs and booting upward the take from tips by the ladies with a few surprises.

Following the display, auctioneer Bill Busby called for the top dollar from the crowd. He managed to get $5,000 for Royce Doskocil’s hard-hat cups becaue the man worked it. Doskocil was dubbed the Entertainer of the Evening partially due to bring in the most in tips – aided by a $100 bill slipped in his bra. Clay Stephens’ outfit by Jamie Fitzgerald, entitled “Saddle Up for a Check Up” not only raised $2,800 by Busby’s auctioneering but then add ons brought it to $5,300 but then his father, Scott Stephens doubled the bids. Two more heroes of the night were Gary and Kim Smith that made sure that at least $1000 was given for each bra displayed.

After the Silent Auction winners were announced the ladies put on a boot scooting performance on the dance floor that brought down the lights.

Later, at Billy’s, the dancing and celebration of a great charity job well done continued.