PHOTO STORY: Bras for a Cure: ‘There’s help and there’s hope and we believe’

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(Published Monday, Nov 4, 2013 at 3:15 PM, and Monday, Nov 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM,

The Bras for a Cure winners were announced Monday afternoon at the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute Foundation.

“The Quilt ‘Rack’” designed by Curves of Veneta won for the grand prize for best bra.

Coming in second place was “BRCA1 and BRCA2” designed by Andrea Ros.

“It’s All About the BLING BLING” by Susan Keith, Dana Sipe and Daryl Moore placed third.

The benefit raised $2,977. The top three bras raised just over $1,000 by themselves.

“It was really a collective effort on many parts for us to get to this opportunity,” said Gina Haley-Morrell, owner of Curves of Veneta. “We had a very generous donor that donated $500 towards our bra so it catapulted us into first place.”

“Casting for a Cure” by Darlene Kline-Dolby won the category for most creative. Kline-Dolby is a fly-fishing woman.

“I was wondering if I could get the fly back because it’s a real good one,” Kline-Dolby said.

The Bras for a Cure event is an opportunity for anyone to join the fight against breast cancer by decorating a bra to be voted on by the public.

Individuals, groups, businesses and clubs were encouraged to be creative, all while helping to raise money needed for local residents impacted by cancer.

This is the second year that Dandelion Flowers & Gifts has held the Bras for a Cure contest. People voted for their favorite bra by donating $1 per vote.

“We really wanted to bring it back local and to help people here in Lane County,” said Toviana Jackson, the event organizer from Dandelions Flowers & Gifts. “It’s tangible help for cancer patients here.”

This year, 38 bras entered up from 26 last year. All proceeds benefit the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute Foundation.

“The community was so inspired to do this and do something fun and whimsical that pokes a finger at something that’s a serious, very serious event,” said Shirley Lyons, owner of Dandelions Flowers & Gifts. “There’s help and there’s hope and we believe.”

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