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PITTSFIELD: Bra auction to benefit cancer study
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BY DOUG HARLOW
Staff Writer
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel 07/30/2009

PITTSFIELD -- A most unusual auction is on tap for Saturday -- a bra auction called Bras 4 The Cause -- to benefit breast cancer research.

The event is set for 4 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium of the First Universalist Church in Pittsfield.

And these are not your ordinary bras on the block, says organizer Sharon Kiley Mack of Machias.

"We have glass bras, metal bras, welded-steel bras, feathered, beaded, buttoned and painted bras," said Mack, formerly of Pittsfield. "The skill and creativity is amazing."

Dozens of women have spent months decorating bras to be sold to benefit breast cancer research, she said. Some of the bras were created by breast cancer survivors.

All proceeds from the auction will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

"We have 30 bras from all over Maine: Portland, Pittsfield, Sorrento, Newport, Hartland, Guilford and beyond," Mack said. The bras include "fused-glass creations, and a whimsical bustier floor lamp created by a former Maine senator," she said.

"The project started when I was forwarded a link to a Web site of a similar project in the south. I immediately thought ,'We can do this here,' and shot out an e-mail to everyone I knew. They also spread the word and we quickly had about 40 interested people."

Photographs of the entries can be viewed by visiting www.bras4thecause.org.

Not all the creators are artists, Mack said.

"One is an 11-year-old, but they all wanted to participate because of the cause," she said. "Two of the participants are breast-cancer survivors."

Some of the bras are quilted; others are decorated with feathers, buttons, bows and beads.

Some are artfully painted and one is a welded-steel "Iron Maidenform" brassiere.

Alyssa Oxley of Pittsfield is a glass artist who created a pale pink bra and hanger from fused glass, according to Mack.

"I have been astonished and awed by the creativity of these women, many who told me they had never created anything in the past," she said. "The auction should be fun and lively."

For more information, call 255-0618.

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