CANCER FUNDRAISER IN CROSBY
By Debbie Holmelin
The Crosby community once again rallied and showed their overwhelming generosity and support of Crosby Fair and Rodeo’s 11th Annual Bras for the Cause Event hosted by the Bras for the Cause Committee on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at the Crosby American Legion Hall. Preliminary reports show over $155,000 was raised at the event through ticket sales, VIP sponsors, live auction and silent auction donations.
100% of proceeds will benefit people in our community and surrounding areas that are fighting cancer through the Pink Heals Fund and Breast Care Fund at Houston Methodist Baytown, Candlelighters Childhood Alliance, and Joseph’s Warriors.
20 male celebrity models participated in a fashion show modeling bras designed by family and friends. Jason Lewis got the party started with his “Shake Cancer” Bra designed by Sarah Humphries and Shelly Carter. Some of the themes included, “Ropin’ a Cure,” a handmade leather bra made by the model himself (aka Kurt Marek). Adam Notgrass was “Cruella Deville,” and Dr. Nirav Naik, Oncologist from Houston Methodist Baytown, was the “Cancer Exterminator.” Aaron Bond, Houston Firefighter and THAARs member, joined in the fun as “Fireball,” along with several of his coworkers joining in the fun modeling bras. Jeremy Strang electrified the crowd as a “Lineman” sponsored by “The Branding Iron Bar.” Dr. Joe Dervay “tapped out” cancer with his German Sidekick Helga, and finally, Jacob Massengale ended the fashion show in his “Maverick Top Gun” bra. All 20 of the models wowed the crowd with the bras this year!
David Rodgers, Candelighters supporter and retired member of Dayton Fire Department, returned as MC. DJ Cruz provided the music and Bill Busby served as auctioneer. Dinner was catered by Demeris and HEB provided cupcakes for dessert. Michele Tatum-Eaglin served as photographer.
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!
THANKS TO PHOTOS BY MECHELE, STORY BY DEBBIE HOLMELIN