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BRAvo ... for a good cause in Yuba City

May 8, 2014

By Leticia Gutierrez, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif.

May 08--Women's unmentionables -- decorated versions of today's bras and yesterday's underpinnings -- are on display to the public Friday evening in two events at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County.

Both are from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City.

"Each (event) is separate and different in its own way," said Kathy Sedler, a member of the Pink October BRAvo committee.

More than 40 individually decorated bras are featured in the second annual Pink October BRAvo celebration, at Ettl Hall, raising funds for the Geweke Caring for Women Foundation.

"We had some incredible participation this year" Kathy said about the donated garments. Decorated bras include one from Alaska and another from Washington state.

The event's first year with about 30 decorated bras raised about $2,000, Sedler said.

Five bras will be modeled "over clothing," Sedler said, and are part of the event's live auction. The remaining decorated bars are in the silent auction.

"Every bra is for sale," she said.

The fundraiser also includes music, wine and appetizers. This year's goal is to raise $5,000.

Tickets are $25 in advance, available at the museum and Geweke Ford in Yuba City and the Candy Box in Marysville; or $30 at the door.

The Geweke Caring for Women Foundation has helped more than 250 women since it was established in 2006, Sedler said. The foundation, originally created to assist women and men fighting breast cancer, also helps women with all female cancers.

Also, the free reception for "The Unmentionable Exhibit" opens an exhibit at the museum featuring feminine underwear from 1850 to 1950, donated to the museum by local families over the years.

Items include corsets, bustles and petticoats, reminders of the massive and heavy underpinnings of yesteryear's fashions.

"When we did the Victorian exhibit last fall, we didn't have room for underthings," said Julie Stark, museum director. In talking about Pink October BRAvo, "it seemed like a good idea" to feature the older garments and link the two events.

"The Unmentionable Exhibit" continues through May 31.


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