In its fourth year overall and second year under Woman’s Hospital, the annual BUST Breast Cancer Bra Art fundraiser brings the community and artists together for a good cause. Nearly 40 artists have created festive bras for the fundraiser, which starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge.
Some of this year’s bra artists include Grace Emden, Lily Betancourt and Neda Parandian. The event also includes food from Bin 77, Brew Ha-Ha, Kona Grill and 11 other restaurants and chefs. To buy tickets, call (225) 924-8749.
For this week’s interview, I spoke with Melissa Curry, events coordinator at Woman’s Hospital, who gave me the 411 on the bra art show.
What sort of bra art can people expect to see this year?
I don’t want to give too much away, but it will be very extravagant. We have one that’s themed “Get ready for some football.” Some have headpieces, wings and capes. They’re unbelievable. We have lots of accessories this year. A lot of the artists are local and some are from the parishes that the mobile mammography coach goes to. One bra was designed by a local architect, and it’s made out of nickle and valued at $10,000.
You have awards for the bras, too?
Yes. We will have three judges — Adrienne Moore, Dr. Mindy Bowie and John Delgado. The awards include “most mammorable,” cups of creativity, breast overall, most spirited model and a people’s choice award.
How will the event be different this year?
We will have a preview party from 6 p.m.-7 p.m., which will have access to 14 different restaurants and complimentary specialty cocktails by Flemings. It’s available for anyone who purchased tickets. At the party, you will be able to meet the artists who designed the bras.
What’s the goal for this year?
We are trying to purchase another mobile mammography coach [a mobile screening center that screens about 5,300 women a year and travels to 15 parishes around Baton Rouge]. We’ve had the coach since 2006. As of now, it’s booked a year in advance. If we have another one, we will be able to provide screenings to 5,000 more women. We would also like to put a new 3D mammography machine in a coach. We would be the only hospital in the state to have this. All in all, we are trying to raise $1.5 million.
What does it mean to you to put on this event?
I tell my volunteers that they are my inspiration. All of them have been touched by breast cancer in some way. To see how hard the volunteers work, it’s the reason I come to work everyday.
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