“Bras” hold up community’s best show

2016 Bras for the Cause and Bra Designers: Bottom up; Tom Padgett’s bra was designed by Catherine Del Paggio

CROSBY – The community once again rallied and showed their overwhelming generosity and support of Crosby Fair and Rodeo’s Tough Enough To Wear Pink event Saturday, February 6 at the Crosby American Legion Hall. Preliminary reports show about $135, 000 was raised at the 5th annual Bras For the Cause event.

Denise Martinez of Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital described the poignant impact on cancer victims and how the patient assistance fund allows the hospital’s cancer center to provide financial help to qualifying patients undergoing treatment at their facility by paying third party vendors for items such as mortgage/rent, utilities, transportation expenses, nutritional supplements, and necessities.

100% of proceeds will benefit the Pink Heals Endowment Fund which keeps funds local and supports cancer patients in our community thanks to sponsorship of the Teresa and John Matt, All State Documents, Holmelin Family, silver Wings Foundation Crosby fair & Rodeo, Hotchkiss Disposal Service, Lone Star Signs, Sammy and Sandy Chitty, Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, Pipeline Bar and Grill and Washabeeria, Naomi Michalsky and Patients emergency Room.

20 male celebrity models participated in a fashion show modeling bras designed by family and friends. Some of the themes included, Nascar, Game of Thrones and Crosby Cougar Cowbells. Teaque Schexnayder modeled the Chiquita Banana bra which brought $35,000 and was bought by Oilwell Tubular.

Tim Dodge, a Pink Heals Fireman, modeled a Jimmy Buffet, Margaritaville bra designed by the BFC committee. Tim drives the pink fire truck, Debbie and his bra was purchased by Kay Schexnayder, the October 2015 Pink Heals honoree and her daughter, Heather.

Jayne Clifton designed a beautiful quilt that included t shirts from past years of our TETWP events. The quilt sold for $4,500 to Tony and Kris Dahlquist.

Don Nelson, former news anchor from Channel 13 served as M.C., Elbert De la Cruz was DJ and Bill Busby served as auctioneer. Gary Clifton welcomed the sold out crowd and Denise Martinez from Houston Methodist San Jacinto told personal stories of how Pink Heals funds have helped local people in the last year. Jennifer Loggins served as photographer and Demeris Catering provided the meal.

According to Debbie Holmelin, Tough Enough to Wear Pink Chair, “The BFC committee is overwhelmed each year by the generous support of the Crosby Community and the willingness of men in our community to step up and model bras in support of local cancer patients. We feel blessed and very lucky to live in the community of Crosby. The stories that we receive about patients who have been helped through the proceeds of this event warms our hearts and confirms our drive to continue this great service for anyone in need. There were lots of smiles on Saturday night! Thank you Crosby Community!”