The Saddleback Saloon held a third successful Bras for a Cause event Saturday raising $2,515 for breast cancer awareness. The event, hosted by The Sealy News, has men from around the community model decorated bras while patrons bid on them.
Some of the volunteer models were Sealy Interim City Manager Warren Escovy, Wallis Mayor Steve Bockel, Austin County Judge Dan Leedy and Saddleback Saloon owner Tom Mendenhall. The bras they wore were either donated by local residents or designed by Sealy News bookkeeper Amy Lieb.
The highest bid ever in the three years of Bras for a Cause was placed at $425. Many of the bidders wore pink to show their solidarity with the cause. One of those bidders was Sharon Flagg, who had a very personal reason to donate as much as she could to the cause.
“My partner is a breast cancer survivor so it’s a very big cause to our heart,” Flagg said. “We just wanted to come and support this cause in a fun and entertaining way.”
Vincent and Vicky Lopez were also in attendance not just to watch their son Adam show off his skills as a bra model but to donate to a cause that hits close to home.
“[Adam] is a paramedic so I’m very proud of him for doing that and then helping people out this way as well,” Vicky Lopez said. “My husband’s mother died of breast cancer and his sister is going through it right now so I’m glad that we were able to help.”
Martha Garcia, Dee Ann Lerma, Kimberly Bryan and Eddie Lopez all volunteered to help during the event as well by helping spot the bidders, prepare the models and the bras and other activities as well. Sealy News publisher Karen Lopez served as master of ceremonies.
The $2,515 will go to the MD Anderson Breast Care with Memorial Hermann-Katy center.
The Sealy News would like to thank all of those who donated and the volunteers who helped make the event a success.