Crosby Fair & Rodeo: Tough Enough to Wear Pink Bras raises $151,000 for cancer patients

At back Debbie Holmelin talks with M.C. Don Nelson of ABC 13 and before them are the bra models that acrued about $131

CROSBY – The 4th annual, Bras for the Cause held Saturday, Feb. 7, at the David H. McNerney American Legion Hall #658 raised over $151,000 to benefit families fighting cancer by paying qualifying patients’ third party bills.

Proceeds benefit the Pink Heals Endowment and the American Cancer Society. The Pink Heals Patient Assistance Fund was established at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital Cancer Center in Jan. 2011 after hosting the inaugural Baytown Pink Heals event on Oct. 8, 2010 which reported proceeds over $18,000. Each year after, the event continued to grow in success and with the help of the Crosby Fair & Rodeo Association the reported proceeds for 2014 were $151,000, the amount raise this year by last Saturday alone. Although complete tabulation isn’t completed.

Jacob Schexnayder dressed as a sultry SWAT Police Officer. His bra sold for $36,000 split between Oilwell Tubular, the Schexnayder Family and the Certifab/Lewis family as depicted on page 10 of this issue.

“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 surrounding communities.” according to coordinator Debbie Holmelin, “We want to thank everyone for the overwhelming support of our 2015 Bras for the Cause.  We are blessed to have such generous and giving people who support our cause. With your support we will be able to help our friends, neighbors and family members who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis.”

According to Auctioneer Bill Busby, “It really was a great event from a lot of effort in Crosby, you can tell that everybody had to get together to make this happen.”

Twenty courageous local celebrities paraded the bras before a capacity crowd inside the American Legion Hall. Don Nelson, of Channel 13 ABC News anchor was MC. Elbert De La Cruz, was DJ. Jennifer Loggins was event photographer. Catering was done by Demeris.

For those that missed out helping with this effort Crosby Fair & Rodeo’s Tough Enough Committee will have other opportunities to benefit “the Cause” this year.