In a line from the movie “Steel Magnolias,” Julia Roberts’ character says her signature colors are “blush and bashful,” so she would have been right at home Saturday night as Women Rock held its annual Bras for a Cause fundraiser in a hangar at North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field.
As the charity’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the pinked out event helps Women Rock accomplish its mission to spread breast cancer awareness and education, as well as increase early detection while focusing on women who suffer more due to socioeconomic circumstances. Founded in 2010, the organization uses the funds it raises to provide assistance with diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds, doctor referrals and other treatments. It also provides support for breast cancer survivors and caregivers.
“It was inspiring to know that you are up there for a good cause and that a lot of people are excited to raise money for something that matters,” Seth Reunard, who wore one of the bespangled bras on stage, said.
Many of the men who modeled bras during the event did so for women in their own lives who have battled the disease. Reunard said he was inspired to take part by his boyfriend’s mother, Ann Birmingham, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
“She caught it very early and was able to get it removed,” he said, noting that she had even signed the bra he wore in the event.
Women Rock founder LuAnn Daniel said there were 20 models in all Saturday night. The organization hoped to raise at least $150,000 on the evening and was pleased to note the event had sold out once again. Daniel said it has sold out in each of the eight years the organization has held the event. Last year, Daniel said, Women Rock raised around $140,000 with the event. She said the organization works on the event almost all year long.
“We are so fortunate to live where we do and have the community support that we do,” Daniel said of the people who packed the hangar Saturday night with their hearts, as well as their pocketbooks.
One of those people in attendance was Kathleen Boatright, a breast cancer survivor of five years. She said her mother got breast cancer more than 30 years ago and had to have a radical mastectomy. So Boatright had been getting mammograms since the age of 30.
“I was expecting it so it wasn’t a shock,” she said of learning she had the disease. “It’s great to see how many people really care because when you are going through the pain and not knowing what the future holds, it’s a blessing to know that people really do care.”