Local benefit auction raises $3,600 for cure


Joan Hubber watches as Greg Klevgard illustrates the Pac Man chomp while modeling “Ms. Pac-Man - taking a bite out of cancer” brasserie. More photos can be viewed on the Tribune Facebook page.

By Kay Braddock

Some were delicate, others whimsical … and then there were the downright outlandish. 
There’s not much chance you’ll find these kinds of brasseries in your Grandmother’s closet – at least you hope not!
Consider these items: Denim and lace, Jolly Rancher candies, chocolate Hershey Kisses, Monopoly funny money, poker chips, playing cards, mini pom-poms, cotton balls and even roses – with undergarments like these, who wouldn’t want to show them off – at least a little bit?
And that’s just what five local men did during Saturday evening’s Bras For A Cause benefit auction. Raising $3,600 for the American Cancer Society’s research to find a cure for cancer, the five men strutted their stuff, swaying and swooping – all in good fun and for a good cause – to the cheers and jeers of about 80 bidders.
Prairie County Relay for Life Committee member Joan Hubber had only praises for all those involved in making the event a success - from the music played, to costume designers Deanna Bockness and Irene Gumm, to local groups who decorated and donated the bras for auction. Hubber described Terry’s first-ever Bras For A Cause event as enthusiastic, amazing and moving. 
“I hope to see it continue,” Hubber said.
But the real admiration seemed to lie at the performances of amateur male models Tony Schell, Jim Reilly, Larry Bond, Bill Klunder, Greg Klevgard and Bill Rauch.
“We had terrific models,” Hubber said. “We couldn’t have asked for any better.”
Enthusiastic bidding along with a free-will donation barbecue dinner accounted for the funds raised. 
Prairie County hosted its first Relay for Life last year. This year’s event will be held Friday, June 24, beginning at 6 p.m. at Murn Park. Those interested in volunteering or forming a team to participate are encouraged to call Leann Lantis or attend a May 11 organizational meeting at the courthouse, beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

Published May 4, 2011

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