Bras for Cause support cancer fight

SANDUSKY In the seduction department, the bras are not all that exceptional. Few Brazilian supermodels strut down the
Cory Frolik
May 24, 2010



In the seduction department, the bras are not all that exceptional.

Few Brazilian supermodels strut down the catwalk wearing brassieres with furry, cartoon puppy dog faces on the cups.

But sexiness wasn't the point of "Bras for a Cause," and the 45 or so bras collected for the event are hilarious, creative, colorful, elaborate and festive. Their entertainment value is so high that organizers expect when the bras are auctioned off, the bidding could get intense.

"I know of at least five or six women who are going to bid on this to ensure their husband has it," said Doug Studer, putting his hand on a bra entry made of synthetic fur and antlers. "It's called 'Nice Rack.'"

Studer is the co-founder of Girls' Night Out, an annual charity event that benefits Cancer Services, Fisher-Titus Mammography Fund, Firelands Regional Medical Center Cancer Program Fund and North Coast Cancer Foundation.

Now in its fifth year, the fundraiser is the largest one-day event at Kalahari, drawing 1,100 to the convention center at the water park, Studer said.

As the name suggests, the event is for women only. It features fundraising activities that includes a raffle where the winning lady plays a game modeled after Deal or No Deal, with about $2,500 on the line.

But the newest event this year is Bras for a Cause.

Event organizers challenged area residents to put their creativity to the test by designing artwork using the untraditional canvass of the undergarment.

Entries will be put on exhibit at Girls' Night Out, and most will then be auctioned off for charity. The owner of the entry that receives the most votes will receive more than fame.

"The winner of the contest, who is the No. 1 vote-getter at Girls' Night Out, will receive a dinner for eight at Danny Boy's," Studer said.

Organizers said the event was a way of laughing at the usually unfunny subject of breast cancer.

One entry has cups that look like cereal bowls, and glued to them are colorful O-shaped roasted grains. The piece is called "Got Milk."

Another bra was designed to look like a basket with kittens playfully spilling out of the top.

Another has a tropical theme, with leis and a grass skirt. Still another is made of seashells. And then there's one designed to looks like a picnic scene, with plastic crackers, cheese and a wine bottle attached.

Debbie Lake, 49, of Vickery was behind the "Nice Rack" entry.

Her significant other, Cliff Gochenour, is a deer hunter and supplied the antlers that give the bra its comedic quality.

Her daughter, Bailey Wilson, came up with the catchy name.

Lake said her mother, Sandy Lake, died of lung cancer in 1992. She said she delights in helping raise money in a lighthearted way for local cancer services.

"It's a fun way instead of going door to door," Lake said.

But Lake fears she may have set the bar too high for herself -- she can't imagine how she could top Nice Rack next year.

Want to go?

WHAT: Girls' Night Out

WHEN: 4-10 p.m. Oct. 28

WHERE: Kalahari Resorts

COST: Tickets are $40, including buffet dinner, dessert and live entertainment

INFO: 419-602-0819