By Nikki Velarde, The Belton Journal
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the American Cancer Society held their 3rd annual Bra Brunch Cupcakes for a Cause at the Bell County Expo Center Tuesday. The festivities included local celebrity models, bra auction, cupcake raffle, and guest speaker Dr. Heather Henderson.
The Emcee for the event was Dan Ingham, Anchor for KWTX Channel 10. He mentioned that every year the event seems to get larger and larger, which is a great thing since the goal of the event is to raise funds and awareness. The funds raised at the event through the raffle and auction will benefit thousands of Central Texas cancer patients and their families in a variety of ways.
According to the American Cancer Society’s website, funds help patients and families through various programs and forms of support to include the Reach to Recovery program, the National Cancer Information Center, the Look Good Feel Better Programs, and Road to Recovery. They also offer clinical trials that determine the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and treatment methods.
The American Cancer Society plays a key role in nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough in history to include establishing mammography as the standard for breast cancer screening, discovering lifesaving treatment, and better understanding factors that can reduce the risk of getting breast cancer.
For nearly a century, the American Cancer Society has fought for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. By taking what we’ve learned through research and turning it into what we do, we have contributed to a 15 percent decrease in the overall cancer death rate between the early 1990s and 2005. That means that we helped avoid about 650,000 cancer deaths and created the potential for more birthday celebrations. Overall, 11 million cancer survivors in America will celebrate a birthday this year. Now that’s a reason to celebrate!
“In a matter of nearly 20 minutes we raised thousands of dollars to help benefit the American Cancer Society,” said Ingham. One bra alone fetched $800 during the auction.
One new thing about the event this year was having the opportunity to choose the Fan Favorite model of the night. Second runner up was Norman Northern wearing the bra “Red Queen-White Queen Adventures in Wonderland.” The first place runner up was Guy Fowler wearing the bra “Fish Bowl Menagerie.” The Fan Favorite for the event went to Firefighter Scott Gentry wearing the bra “Hot Tatas.”
Other models at the event included Brad Bennett, Ken Zysk, Pat Kaufman, Lane Britt, Gary Gosney, D.V.M., Ralph Sheffield, Coron Scott, Samuel Wright, Kevin Keener, Col. (Ret.) W. D. Ray, Bill Crelin, George White, Don Rowland, and Terry Valentino.