HEDRICK — If you're interested in seeing firemen model hand-decorated bras and raising money for cancer research, the fourth annual Bras for a Cause event is the place you'll want to be.
On March 29, the walls of the Carl Craft Civic Center will be covered with bras decorated by people from around the community. They will be auctioned off at 6 p.m. with great fanfare. Modeling will be done by the Hedrick Volunteer Fire Department.
"They were bashful the first year, but now they really get into it," organizer Laurie Hornback said. "There's nothing like firemen doing cartwheels."
Auctioneer Greg Millikin will be donating his time to the event, and Hornback says there is great banter and comedy throughout the modeling session.
Bras will be judged in three categories: sports, redneck and best overall. Hornback says the sports theme has to be judged because of the battle back and forth between creators of University of Iowa and Iowa State University bras over the years.
Instead of the soup supper served in the past, this year's meal will include smoked pork loin. Serving begins at 4:30 p.m. A freewill donation will be accepted for the dinner.
Orders will be taken for Bras for the Cause T-shirts, and there will also be a silent auction running from 4:30-8 p.m. In addition to donating food for the meal, area businesses have provided silent auction items.
Hornback says the fundraising goal for this year is $10,000. Last year, the auction of 106 bras raised $9,000. Each year has raised a few thousand dollars more than the year before. The number of bras decorated and donated has also increased from about 60 to close to 100.
"The first year we had a soup supper, and the soup was gone in 20 minutes," she remembered. "We raised $4,000 that year."