Custom-made bras for a cause will be up for auction Thursday at the Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford.
Art Bra 2015 is a fashion show with one of a kind bras, a hilarious half-time man show, apps and pinktinis. It's all to help breast cancer survivors heal physically and emotionally. After the Storm, Inc. organizes the event, which is in its seventh year. It's founder, Christine Willett of Rockfall, started the organization in 2009. Her inspiration came from personal experience. Back in 2007, Willett was diagnosed with Stage IIB breast cancer while pregnant with her second son, Connor, at the age of 30. She used a combination of "chemo, radiation, herceptin and a clinical trial of an ovarian suppressant for three years along with reflexology and massage." When asked what her sons think of their brave mother, she says "they were very young and I don't think they understand what happened, Connor, just the other day asked me how cancer happens." Although the subject matter is a serious one, the event is fun and humorous. Now in it's seventh year, Christine says her sons "are used to the madness of bras all in the house!" Christine tells me the money raised from the event goes to After the Storm, Inc which distributes it to several Connecticut hospitals for "integrative medicine and survivorship programs." Last year, the event raised $40,000!
The 36 bras being auctioned off this year were designed by survivors themselves, their family, friends, volunteers or company teams. Christine's husband Bruce, along with 7 other men, will be among the models! So far, more than four hundred tickets have been purchased, but a limited number of tickets will be available at the door Thursday for $30. If you can't make the event, but still would like to donate or learn more about the organization, check out Christine's website, After the Storm, Inc.