Saturday, 10 September, 2011 10:39 PM
Annual Bras for a Cause Benefit set for Sept. 17 in Royal Oak
than two dozen beautiful, courageous and inspiring breast cancer
survivors take to the catwalk
BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
art bra models were featured at the "Bras for a Cause"
fundraiser in 2010. This year, over two dozen will take
to the catwalk.
ROYAL OAK, Mich.
— Breast cancer survivors will once again strut their
stuff on the catwalk at the 3rd Annual Bras For A Cause Benefit,
Saturday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Royal Oak Music
Theatre. Bras For A Cause is pleased to announce the return of a
fabulous evening with all the proceeds donated to Gilda’s
Club of Metro Detroit.
Actor/comedian Dave Coulier,
best known for his role as Joey on ABC’s hit TV show “Full
House” will host the event for the third year. The evening
features the survivors as stars of the show in a unique Art Bra
Fashion Show, as well as live and silent auctions.
Live Auction items include
Golf Packages and a Restaurant Package for a Year of Eating Out.
During the Silent Auction, guests will have the opportunity to bid
on the Art Bras as well as dozens of other items, including art
and paintings by local artists, gift certificates from area restaurants
and salons, jewelry, hand-made articles of clothing, and much more.
100 percent of the proceeds
going to benefit Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit, which supports
cancer patients, survivors, and their families. “I am so grateful
that a place like Gilda’s Club exists,” says Amy Rauch
Neilson, five-year breast cancer survivor and Bras for a Cause Model
for the second year in a row. “When I was first diagnosed
as a Stage 1 in 2006, my son was only six months old, and I remember
that the one positive was that he was too young to understand what
was going on. But when I was diagnosed in January 2011 with Stage
4, my son was 5 years old, and he had a lot of questions and needs
lot of support. It’s places like Gilda’s Club that he
and the rest of our family can find the support we need.”
This year’s show
is one again in celebration and memory of Shannon Iezzi Watson,
the event’s founder. Shannon passed away from breast cancer
on April 16, 2010. In his eulogy, Kevin Watson Shannon’s husband,
described her zest for life this way: “We can let her rest
at ease and honor her memory by living our lives to the fullest...by
finding the silver lining in every situation. Don't let anything
or anybody hold you back from chasing your dreams. Get outside your
comfort zone. Challenge yourself, demand the best in life, and don't
let fear or self doubt stand in your way. Lastly, at the end of
each day - ask yourself "Did you do something that makes you
happy today?" ...and make sure the answer is YES!” For
more details visit www.brasforacausemichigan.com.
Meet some of the people Shannon touched and inspired “to improve
their health and live a life of love to the fullest.”
More than 70 Artful Bras,
created from various mediums – from Swarvorski Crystal and
black leather to paper, by local artists, friends, family, celebrities
and breast cancer survivors, are available for auction. Celebrity
bras include those signed by Bradley Cooper, Mojo in the Morning,
Jay Towers and Company, Kristen Bell, Sharon and Kelly Osbourne,
Joy Bryant, and many more. Check out some of the bras on our blog
by Jill Jack will take place throughout the evening and sample tastings
will be provided by Bagger Dave’s, Black Finn, Buffalo Wild
Wings, Cacao Tree Café, cup.cake, Garden Fresh, Hogger’s
BBQ, The Inn Season Café, Mary Denning’s Cake Shoppe,
The Melting Pot, Rochester Mills Beer Co., Sweet Expressions Chocolates,
Too Cute to Eat, Treat Dreams, and Zumba’s Mexican Grille.
Tickets are priced at $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Tickets
will be sold at Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit on 3517 Rochester
Rd, Royal Oak, Mich. or a committee member without a service charge.
Tickets also are available for purchase at the Royal Oak Music Theater
box office, online at www.royaloakmusictheatre.com,
or by phone (800) 919-6272.
Inspired by the late
Gilda Radner, who was best known in her role as Roseanne Roseanneadanna,
the first Gilda’s Club opened in 1995 in New York City. There
are 22 Clubs open to date and 9 more underway in the United States
and Canada. Gilda’s Club offers emotional and social support
for those touched by cancer, not only those who are diagnosed but
also family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. It is a free and
non-profit organization offering daily support groups, workshops,
seminars, programs, and social events for the whole family. Gilda’s
depends on individuals, foundations and corporations for their funding.
more information on the Bras for a Cause benefit, visit www.brasforacausemichigan.com.
Bras for a Cause Michigan
BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
Dave Coulier and musician Jill Jack will both return to the event