Bra Wars: Who knew lingerie could be so much fun?
October 23, 2013, Story and Slideshow By T.A. Bergin, It was a dark and stormy Tuesday night outside, but inside the American Legion Hall everything was pink sequins--and hereford and camouflage and feathers and twinkling lights, as contestants in Lincoln's second annual Bra Wars paraded in their under wired creations to raise money for the Illinois Cervical and Breast Cancer Program in Logan County. Logan County Health Department Program administrator Marcia Dowling gave a brief presentation on the importance of breast and cervical cancer screenings for early detection and treatment.
"Most mammograms and cancers screenings are state and federally funded," explained Dowling. "But there aren't funds for any 'extras.' Donations from charities like this help provide funds for other operational expenses like educational materials, and providing gas cards so low-income women can actually get to their cancer screening appointments."
Voting with their dollars, attendees determined the prize winners: Zeke Zurkammer's "Halloween" entry was 4th; Vivian Dahmm De Valdes "Treasure Chest" was 3rd; Dave White's "Cow" was 2nd. First place went to 2012's defending champion, Bobby Mitchell's "Deer in the Headlights." Other entries had names like "Mardi Bras," "Save the Rack," "Save the Hooters," and "Touchdown for TaTas."
With twice as many entries as last year, event organizer Diana Pickett, owner of the Hair Plus Salon, was pleased with the turnout. Assisting Pickett with the event were Tera McGrath, Karen Richert and Marla Blair. "We have several entries from Eaton employees. They had their own 'mini' bra war earlier, and their finalists come here along with the dollars they'd already raised," said Blair. You could say the fellows from Eaton had an advantage in the judging because they'd already 'padded' their votes.
There were door prizes and raffles, and contestants made a foray down the hall and through the American Legion lounge to solicit additional donations. The final total was $1,417, nearly triple the amount raised in 2012. Plans are already underway to hold the third annual Bra War competition in mid-October 2014.
Renee Martin from Let's Dance DJ service acted as emcee, and Kathi Richert from SnapShot Photography shot portraits of the entries and models, donating the $5 fee to the cause. Pat O'Neal video-recorded the event, which will be aired on local community access channel 5 in a few weeks. The video will also be posted and available for streaming on lincolnspeak.com and the Pride and Glory of Logan County Facebook page.