Bras Lend Support in More Ways than One
“Bodacious Bras for a Cure” event raises funds for patients at Stony Brook University Cancer Center
STONY BROOK, NY, April 18, 2016– They were bold, beautiful and bodacious; and the over 75 unique pieces of ‘bra art’ were auctioned off for a good cause on the evening of Thursday, April 14 at the “Bodacious Bras for a Cure” event.
|Top bid, of $2,300, went for “Hometown Hero” which was created by Eileen Constantouris with the support of NY Mets Pitcher, Steven Matz
Caregivers, patients, survivors, healthcare workers and artists from local high schools, the North Shore Art Guild, Brookhaven Arts Council and LI Craft Guild were among some of the designers who crafted these empowering pieces of art for the event. Others were crafted or inspired by celebrity contestants like actor Ralph Macchio, NY Mets pitcher Steven Matz, former NY Jets players Marty Lyons and Erik Coleman, Victoria’s Secret Angel Lindsay Ellingson, Radio personality Fingers from WBAB, the NY Yankees, the NY Islanders, and the NY Rangers.
The night kicked off at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University, where these creative bras were all on display and guests were able to put in their bid during the silent auction. The reception started with former New York Jets great Marty Lyons giving the keynote address, sharing his personal experiences with loved-ones who battled cancer and thoughts on why fundraising efforts and events like “Bodacious Bras” are important in finding a cure.
The auction gavel hit and the live bidding began with a bang as NFL alum Erik Coleman’s bra was auctioned off for $1,500. Between the auctions and ticket sales, the event raised nearly $35,000. The proceeds will support patient programs at Stony Brook University Cancer Center.
“We are so excited that this year’s event was so successful,” said Linda Bily, Director, Cancer Patient Advocacy & Community Outreach, Stony Brook University Cancer Center, “the funds support with all of the little things that actually help make the journey through cancer a little bit easier— like support groups, educational materials, transportation, wigs, and peer mentors.”
More than 270 guests attended the event on Thursday evening. Top bid, of $2,300, went for “Hometown Hero” which was created by Eileen Constantouris with the support of NY Mets Pitcher, Steven Matz. Additional awards went to the “NY Rangers Legend” for ‘Best in Show’; “Dream Catcher” for ‘Most Inspirational’; and “In Honor of our Spuds” for the famous ‘Booby Prize’.
|“Dream Catcher” created by Linda Watson was awarded ‘Most Inspirational’
About Stony Brook University Cancer Center:
Stony Brook University Cancer Center is Suffolk County’s cancer care leader and a leader in education and research. With more than 20,000 inpatient and outpatient visits annually, the Cancer Center includes 12 multidisciplinary teams: Breast Cancer; Colorectal Cancer; Gynecologic Oncology; Head, Neck and Thyroid Oncology; Lung Cancer; Melanoma; Neurologic Oncology; Orthopaedic Oncology and Sarcoma; Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Stem Cell Transplantation and Hematologic Malignancy; Upper Gastrointestinal Oncology; and Urologic Oncology. The cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Teaching Hospital Cancer Program and received the Commission’s Outstanding Achievement Award. The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center is the first center in New York State to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. To learn more, visit www.cancer.stonybrookmedicine.edu.