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“Bras for the Cause” exceeds record, $120,000

CROSBY – A truly great Valentine’s story happened on Feb. 8 at the David H. McNerney American Legion Hall, an event raised about $128000 to help our friends, neighbors and family members who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

This tiny hamlet in northeast Harris County isn’t going to brag about being the number one fund-raiser against cancer in the great State of Texas, this reporter is going to do that for Bras for the Cause. The Crosby Fair & Rodeo, Tough Enough to Wear Pink Committee isn’t going to brag about being number five Fund-raiser in the U.S.A. against cancer, this report is about that accomplishment.

Those facts were about last year when the Bras for the Cause Event brought in $36,000, about 1/3 of this year’s take.

While it is true there is nothing funny about cancer, a packed house had lots of fun and laughs raising money to enable patients to continue coping with everyday life while they fight cancer.

Denise Martinez of Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital to recount the accomplishments of that funding for cancer survivors from real experiences of a Crosby patient. She described how the funds enabled the patient to pay for the treatment while the fund handled her housing, car payments and daily necessities.

The models and dancers included:

Gary “Strawberry” Clifton, firstly, featuring lingerie designed by Jayne Clifton in the style of “Texas A&M, says Aggies Gig ‘em to Breast Cancer.” It reminded one of the observation: a dyslexic walks into a bra. But, it was in honor of Helen Clifton and Annette Kuder, in memory of Loretta Shaw.

Amanda Matt created, “Take a Bite out of Cancer and Brush Away” is was modeled by Dr. Bob Stevens.

Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital-Cancer Services brought in a NASA scientist, Dr. Joe Dervay to “Launch a Cure for Cancer”

Top bid maker was John Matt Sr. in lingerie designed by his wife, Teresa Matt called Gambler. It was bought by Gary Smith Inc. and Friends. It was simple and black putting one in the mind of how to you catch a bra; set up a boobie trap.

According to Teresa Matt, wife of John, whose husband’s wear brought in the biggest bid, $11,000, “ I’m impressed by all the giving love. May God bless us all and keep us cancer free!”

When Rocky Johnson wore Candace Johnson’s creation “Squeeze The Double Ds” it called to mind that bra is singular but panties is plural.

Albert Garcia, husband of the M.C., made us all wonder what happen after 18 hours to an 18 hour bra? He wore extra padding to make those two points.

Kay Schexnayder’s creation “Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez Sur Par-Dessus” or Let the Good Times Roll Over Cancer was In Honor of Kay Schexnayder and Connie Schexnayder

First to break $10,000 in a bid from Oil-Well Tubular Consultants. His sombrero reminded us all that the cattle drive and the Wonder bra head ‘em up and move ‘em out.

But it was the Debbie Holmelin that saw from the inside of organization, implementing and planning true insight into the event, she says, “What happens when you get 20 great guys to model 20 great bras that have been hand sewn, hot glued, blinged out and feathered by wives, girlfriends, moms and members of the community? They raise over $108000 in one night! That’s what happens!! Eat your heart out Victoria Secret Angels,….these guys are our angels for supporting Bras for the Cause.

We want to thank our local Crosby community for the overwhelming support of our 2014 Bras for the Cause Event. We are so blessed to live in a community of such generous and giving people. With your help, we will be able to donate approximately $128000 to help our friends, neighbors and family members who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

Our 20 celebrity models were top-notch and entertained the crowd with their dance moves and many talents. We couldn’t have picked a better line up for our fashion show.

Chuck Richnow provided the music and Susie Thompson-Garcia did an outstanding job as MC. Bill Busby kept the crowd going and helped us secure over $108, 000 in the live auction alone.

The buyers are a group of dedicated business men and women and members of our community who have a very giving heart. We are so appreciative of your great generosity.

Bras for the Cause in Crosby just completed it’s third year and we were in awe when the event was sold out within days of ticket availability.

Through our partnership with Tough Enough to Wear Pink and the Crosby Fair and Rodeo, we have once again participated in an event that will help many, people in our community. It was such an outpouring of LOVE for this cause from our Crosby and surrounding communities.

Crosby’s 2014 Bras for the Cause is very happy to be able to support the American Cancer Society and the Pink Heals Patient Assistance Fund with our fund-raising event.”

Ms. Holmelin lives the theme, “Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.”

It stands as a challenge to other organizations, an you raise $120,000 for a great cause at a single event?