2009-10-22 / General Stories

A Pink Ribbon Affair

by Carolyn Jackson Director Lee County Cancer Resource Center

On Tuesday, October 13, 2009, the Lee County Area Cancer Resource Center (LCACRC) and Combined Community Action held the 3rd Annual Pink Ribbon Affair. This breast cancer awareness fundraiser at the Giddings American Legion Hall was a fun and an informative evening. The special attraction of the evening was the Creative Cups for the Cause art bra contest and exhibit. People from the local area and beyond submitted a total of 86 entries.

The art bras were judged prior to the opening of the event. The judging team included Leigh Blankenburg, Mrs. Lee County of Lexington, Ruth Nitsche and Curtis Frosch of Giddings, and Nick Tirey of Sealy. They critiqued each entry and selected four winners that best represented the message of breast cancer awareness and finding the cure. The winners included:

Best of Show- 'The Pink Ribbon Award': "Hope Chest" by Christy Claxton,

1st Runner-up: "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" by Kathy Spurger,

2nd Runner-up: "Got Milk?" by Veronica Hendricks,

3rd Runner-up: "Cancer Makes No 'Cents'" by Round Top State Bank.

Those attending the event were able to vote for their favorite art bra. "Got Milk" by Veronica Hendricks received the People's Choice Award. An art bra calendar was developed with breast cancer survivors and family members modeling the art bras. The calendar is available for purchase at the Lee County Area Cancer Resource Center in Giddings. Call 979-540-2981 for more information.

Additional activities enjoyed during the Pink Ribbon Affair included a candle tribute in honor of and in memory of those diagnosed with breast cancer, a style show of fashion clothing and art bras, a live and silent action, and various informational booths. Mistress of ceremonies was Carolyn Jackson, director of the LCACRC. Special speakers were Phyllis Simmonds, breast cancer survivor and Dr. Erin Fleener, oncologist with the Cancer Clinic in Bryan, Texas. The auctioneers for the live auction were Allen Spurger and Jimmy Simmonds.

The winner of the quilt drawing was Barbara Harville of Giddings. The pattern of the king-sized quilt was "Hearts-a-Flutter". It was sewn by Carolyn Jackson and quilted by Janis Fischer.

The Pink Ribbon Affair was a success due to the great outpouring of support from the community. Thank you to the National Junior Honor Society of Giddings Middle School for the generous donation to the center. Special thanks is extended to the sponsors and donors, the art bra designers, calendar models, photographer, graphic designer, All-Around Block Quilt Shop, volunteers for the event, and the community members in attendance. We look forward to seeing everyone at next year's breast cancer awareness event.

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