by Elizabeth Wehman, editor
THE SIXTH ANNUAL ART BRA EVENT is sponsored by the Silver Stars Committee as well as the Memorial Healthcare Foundation. The event was well attended this year with over 250 in attendance which was 100 more than last year.
The made-up bra names are creative, the event is like none other, but the worthy cause for which it benefits is successful because of it all. Put on by the Silver Stars Over Shiawassee and the Memorial Healthcare Foundation, the Sixth Annual Art Bra Contest highlights six categories in which to enter a specialty bra made just for the event. Categories include: Business, Service Organization, Hospital Department, Individual, Youth, and Memory/Honor. Those wishing to make an entry must fit within the category guidelines and then voting takes place either online or with monetary donations before and during the event.
Based on monetary amounts, the following winners were announced at the conclusion of Thursday’s fun evening. Second place runner up award went to Angela Partridge with her “Save the Boo Bees” entry sponsored by the Behavorial Health Unit at Memorial Healthcare. First place runner up was Pat Shaw-Urick’s bra, entitled “Fishing For a Cure.” The overall winner’s cup award went to Artist Joyce Gomez, sponsored by Jackie Hurd with her bra, “Embellish Your Size.”
The program at the event included testimonials from Mary Jo Damm-Strong, Carol Fountain-Henley and Lynn Culp. Emcee was David Hood and Matt Hufnagel. Entertainment by the “Fabulous Lizards” added to the fun-filled fashion show by local male dignitaries who paraded their bra.
The public is invited to a ‘farm to table’ Harvest Dinner at Curwood Castle Park on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. The Shiawassee Arts Center is partnering with the Owosso Public School’s Culinary Art Department and Food Services for this special event. The five-course meal offered will feature locally sourced and prepared creative dishes.
Paired with live music by Pooh Stevenson and Jim Spring, the setting along the Shiawassee River could make for a perfect evening. According to SAC Executive Director Piper Brewer, this is the first time an event such as this has been offered to the community. “This event will showcase so many of our county’s wonderful assets such as farmers, growers, schools, and students. If this Harvest Dinner is a success, we hope to make it an annual community event.”
A portion of the proceeds of the $35 per person ticket will benefit the Owosso Cares Food Backpack Program which supplies food to nearly 200 preschool to high school students twice a month. To make reservations by Sept. 5, interested persons may call the Arts Center at (989) 723-8354. In case of inclement weather, the dinner will be held the following Sunday, Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. throughout the reception room at the Comstock Inn for even more donations. Those donations made over $1,000 to include toward the total the event was able to raise for cancer screenings for women.
Category winners included “Pochatatas” by the staff at Second Chance Wood for the Business entry, “Petal Power Over Cancer” won the individual award made by artist Doris Harper with Jackie Hurd as her sponsor, the Hospital Department winner was “Under the C” sponsored by the Cancer Center staff at Memorial Healthcare, “Pop In For Your Screening” won the Memory/Honor category made by the Hufnagel family, “Go with the Flow and Get Your Mammogram” was the service organization winner by Artists Karen Kong and Linda Ruchle, and “Punch Out Cancer” by Artist Isabel Morris as the youth winner and sponsor Peggy Gulick.
A Inter Hospital Winning Bra was also highlighted from the Surgery Department at Memorial Healthcare with “Peek a boobs,” created by the surgical office staff. This contest was held at the hospital, among staff members.
The Silver Star Art Bra Committee is made up of Chair Janice Andersen, Assistant Chairs Peggy Gulick and Jackie Hurd, Committee members Becky Chargo, Beverly Cords, Kim Huska, Ruthann Liagre, Patricia Shaw-Urick, Diana Thaler, Deb Gilbert, Elaine Kuchar, Cindy Schluckebier, Jaime Ritter, Lois Snow, and Issy Morris.
All proceeds from this fun, otherwise hysterical event all go to helping women receive cancer screenings. The Cancer Screening Access Line can be reached at (989) 729-HOPE (4673), ext. 6786 or (800) 206-8706, ext. 6786.