In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Moore’s Greenhouse and Flower Shop is hosting its annual Bra Contest and there is still time to enter and certainly time to vote on the entries.
“We’ve collected almost $500, so we are doing OK,” Melinda Moore, florist at Moore’s, said Friday. “We are going to donate it to the (Bothwell Regional Health Center) Foundation. It will be earmarked specifically for something to do with breast cancer treatment, diagnosis and detection. It will encompass it all, locally. It will all be kept local.”
Moore’s will have a booth from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the fifth annual “Let’s Donate for a Cure!” event hosted by Dugan’s Paint and Flooring, 3103 Erika Ave. People can vote on their favorite bras while at the event. All proceeds collected at the event will go toward the BRHC Cancer Care Foundation
“I’ve brought the Bra Contest there before,” she added.
Votes cost $1 each and can be paid by cash, check or by credit card with a $5 minimum.
Moore created her own entry in honor of Donna Poort, of Sedalia.
“This is one is called ‘Home of the Brave,’” she said. “Steve Poort is the past president of the (State Fair Community) College, and Donna Poort is his wife. She’s battling breast cancer right now and she’s undergoing treatment. She’s in my PEO chapter, a philanthropic, educational organization, and she’s a patriotic person. So, I wanted to do something to honor her during her battle.”
One side of the bra is blue and covered with stars while the other side is a combination of pink and white stripes. Moore added that she used pink and white stripes to represent Cancer Awareness Month.
“This one is done by the Chicks of Northwest High School,” Moore said pointing to a black bra with gold and silver stars. “It’s a group of women who have went to Northwest/Hughesville School and have known each other since grade school. They still get together all the time, and every year since we’ve had the bra contest they have had an entry.
“This year Northwest High School celebrated 100 years,” she added. “So that’s their theme.”
An elaborately decorated bra featuring peacock feathers was made by Shirley Swedloff, of Savannah, Georgia.
“Leora Bremerm she goes to Rhoda (Moore’s) church, she is a five-year breast cancer survivor,” Moore said. “This woman who made it is the mother-in-law of Leora’s son.”
Greenhouse owner Rhoda Moore created a soccer-themed bra and a Marguerite flowered bra. Jonathan Rear, a florist at the shop, made a bra titled “Hope for a Cure Floats” from fishing bobbers.
Moore’s friend Darcy Martin made a larger piece featuring a mannequin titled “Hands on Approach” in honor of her sister-in-law Cindy Martin, of Kansas City who is battling cancer.
“I’ve heard of a couple other people who might bring some in,” Moore added. “We are still accepting them; we are doing it until the end of the month.”
Those interested in creating a bra for the contest or those who wish to vote on the entries may do so by contacting Moore’s Greenhouse and Flower Shop, 3311 Green Ridge Rd., 827-5800.
Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 [email protected]