HEDRICK — Cancer survivors, family members and community members alike gathered Saturday at the Carl Craft Civic Center in Hedrick to raise money for breast cancer research. The Bras for a Cause event brought entertainment and a feeling of close community to everyone who attended.
The event was started four years ago by Laurie Hornback, a four-year breast cancer survivor, and she continues to host the event each year. The night started with a pork dinner, and guests were invited to look at the bras on display and bid on donated silent auction items. Community members and business owners from the area donated decorated bras, many which fit into categories such as sports teams and redneck.
As the event went on, people continued to bring in hand-decorated bras for the auction. Once all the bras were gathered, the live auction began. The firemen from the Hedrick Volunteer Fire Department donned the bras and strutted their stuff through the crowd while an auctioneer tracked bidders.
During breaks in the auction, Hornback told stories and entertained the crowd as well as honored the other breast cancer survivors in the room. The survivors were asked to stand, and with a cheering crowd, Hornback gave each survivor a pink carnation and a loving embrace.
This year's goal was to raise $10,000, and Hornback said she is confident they will reach that goal. Sunday, after the event was wrapped up and Horback had a chance to rest her voice, the counting began.
“I don’t have a definite total yet because the donations are still coming in,” Hornback said. “This community is amazing, and none of this could happen without them.”
Hornback was asked to be an honorary survivor for the Race for the Cure four years ago and was introduced to the Susan G. Komen organization. This sparked the idea for Bras for a Cause, and the event was born. All the proceeds from Saturday's Bras for a Cause event will be given to the Southeast Iowa Susan G. Kolmen organization.
“The turnout to this event just gets better and better each year,” Hornback said. “Its is fantastic and feels amazing to have a community back you up in just a grand way.”