Bra con­test to raise funds for breast can­cer fight

Record Observer - - Opinion - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY

CH­ESTER — The owner of Splen­did Up­scale Con­sign­ment Bou­tique is hold­ing a “dec­o­rate your bra con­test” with the pro­ceeds go­ing to a non­profit foun­da­tion to aid the fight against breast can­cer.

As a fundraiser for Avon Foun­da­tion for Women and a walkathon in May, Splen­did owner Me­lanie Drake hopes to raise $1,800 by hold­ing a dec­o­rat­ing bra con­test where women dec­o­rate their bras which are put on dis­play at Splen­did at 100 Helfen­bein Lane, Ch­ester.

En­ter the con­test for a $10 or more do­na­tion. Busi­nesses can also cre­ate an en­try and pro­mote them­selves in the con­test for a do­na­tion of $20 or more. Peo­ple can vote on their favorite bra for $1.

Drake has ex­tended the date to en­ter the bras un­til March 15. Vot­ing be­gins on March 4, but is also ex­tended to end on April 15. The grand prize win­ner will be an­nounced on April 18. In­cluded in the gifts to the win­ner will be $100 gift card from Glam Sa­lon, a free man­i­cure from Topaz nails and a 60-minute mas­sage from Well-Be­ing Mas­sage Ther­apy.

“I would like to in­vite the pub­lic to come in even if they didn’t have a bra and vote,” she said.

As of Feb. 23, only one bra has been en­tered into the con­test. It came from Drake’s daugh­ter, Va­lerie Drake. But peo­ple have do­nated money with­out do­ing the bra con­test. A to­tal of $813 has been raised to­ward her goal so far.

Drake is re­quired to raise $1,800 as part of her par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Avon 39 to End Breast Can­cer walk in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Four other peo­ple will be go­ing as part of her team and each are re­quired to raise that much money for the Avon Foun­da­tion for Women.

The 39-mile walk will be held over a two-day pe­riod, May 6 and May 7, with 26 miles on the first day and 13 on the sec­ond day. Walk­ers will go through Na­tional Park grounds, in­clud­ing the U.S. Cap­i­tal and the White House and they will see the Martin Luther King Jr. mon­u­ment, Ge­orge­town, Chi­na­town and Capi­tol Hill.

Na­tion­wide, there will be seven walks in as many cities. In ad­di­tion to the one in Wash­ing­ton, there will be walks from April to Oc­to­ber of this year in Hous­ton, Chicago, Bos­ton, San Fran­sisco, Santa Bar­bara and New York.

Vol­un­teers also are needed to hand out flags and met­als at the end and to pick up peo­ple who can’t com­plete the walk. Drake has been ex­er­cis­ing at Club One in Ch­ester, but maybe she can ex­er­cise out­side if the weather is bet­ter.

She wanted to join the walk and hold the fundraiser be­cause “I have some close friends and Avon team mem­bers who are breast can­cer sur­vivors. This ter­ri­ble dis­ease can af­fect any of us. I’m in to end it.”

On­line do­na­tions can be made to www.avon39.org by click­ing the word “do­nate” and put in Me­lanie Drake’s name and you will see her team name “Shore Beats Can­cer,” who is reg­is­tered to walk.

For the same cause, there also will be a quar­ter auc­tion on March 11 at Ruths­burg Com­mu­nity Cen­ter on Dam­son­town Road in Queen Anne. Doors open at noon and games start at 1 p.m.

Since 1955, the Avon Foun­da­tion for Women has pro­moted or aided char­i­ta­ble, sci­en­tific, ed­u­ca­tional and hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­tiv­i­ties, with a spe­cial em­pha­sis on those ac­tiv­i­ties that im­prove the lives of women and their fam­i­lies.

The Avon Foun­da­tion for Women ad­min­is­ters pro­grams in the United States and works in part­ner­ship with af­fil­i­ate Avon Foun­da­tions and Avon mar­kets around the world. In the U.S., the foun­da­tion’s breast can­cer work is man­aged through Avon Breast Can­cer Crusade LLC.

PHOTO BY CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY

Me­lanie Drake, owner of Splen­did Up­scale Con­sign­ment Bou­tique, is hold­ing a bra con­test to raise money for a breast can­cer foun­da­tion. One bra has been sub­mit­ted into the con­test so far (on the left).

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