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Sara Lepp, Published November 28 2012

Letter: Thanks for all the help with Bras on Broadway

The final tally has been completed for this year’s American Cancer Society “Bras on Broadway” fundraiser, held in October at the Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo. For the seventh straight year, hundreds of area residents filled the hotel’s elegant restaurants and lounges to enjoy the evening and to bid on one or more of the 95 wearable and non-wearable art pieces donated by local artists.

The highest bid for a wearable piece was $1,000 for “Renaissance in Pink,” created by Shara Diers and modeled by breast cancer survivor Janelle Meier.

This year’s Bras on Broadway raised more than $134,000 for the American Cancer Society and its gas card program. Bras on Broadway has raised $429,000 for the American Cancer Society since the beginning. The gas cards are given to cancer patients in both North Dakota and northwest Minnesota to help defray their expenses as they travel to and from their cancer treatments.

The fundraiser could not have been so successful or so expertly implemented without the 40 volunteers who donated their time and talents leading up to and during the evening.

In addition to funds raised the evening of the auction and the monthlong fundraising contest, several other supporting events were held throughout the community. At Deck the Bras, held at the Fargo Civic Center on Oct. 9, participants donated money and bras that were decorated and then hung from the Hotel Donaldson to raise awareness for the cause. This year, the bra garland reached to a length of more than two miles and covered all sides of the hotel.

It is with sincere appreciation that the society recognizes Karen Stoker and her staff for their incredible generosity, passion and hard work to make this event a huge success. She continues to make this a first-class event, which only adds to its success. And while the staff of the hotel is on duty during the evening, it is apparent through their smiles that they realize they are playing a vital part in the effort to raise funds to find a cure for a disease that will be diagnosed in more than 3,500 North Dakota residents this year.

Finally, Bras on Broadway would only be an elegant evening without our donors. In a difficult economy, our donors opened up their wallets and purses and gave from their hearts. We cannot thank you enough.

Again, the American Cancer Society wishes to thank everyone involved with this year’s Bras on Broadway for your efforts and generosity, and we look forward to seeing all of you again next year.

Lepp, Fargo, is community relationship manager for the American Cancer Society.