Community members gathered recently at Knapp Medical Center for a show of fashionable creations from an array of upstart Valley designers. What exactly was on display? Bras. Bras of all shapes, colors and sizes. The show served as a venue for displaying the submissions for Knapp’s second annual Bras Ending Breast Cancer Project.
“Last year, our students and faculty had so much fun with the project that we jumped on the chance to participate again,” said Dr. Debbie Villalon, STC biology instructor who helped coordinate the 18 submissions from STC Mid-Valley Campus students and staff. “All the students and faculty who participated were extremely creative, including a ‘Cat in the Hat’-themed submission, and submissions ranging in topic from rock and roll, to football, to video games.
The competition is a fundraising event with the ultimate goal of providing free mammograms to Valley women who aren’t able to afford one. It’s also creating awareness by asking members of the community to ignite creativity by submitting a tastefully decorated bra for the competition. The works of art were to follow a theme and have a name representing what ‘the fight against breast cancer’ signifies to them. According to Knapp, last year’s event raised enough funds for 33 indigent women to receive free mammograms.
“Not only are we having fun, but we are raising awareness about a very important issue that impacts us all regardless of race, color, gender or social class,” Villalon added.
Photos of all the designs will be available for view at www.valleystar.com now Oct. 31, 2010.