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On the Town: A cause with built-in support

May 01, 2012|By Ruth Sowby
  • Awarding the 'Most Creative Bra' is Kathy Lefkovits (left) joined by Soroptimist and Committee Member Mary Lotz (right) to Glendale Police Dept. Lt. Lola Abrahamians 'Cancer in Custody.'
Awarding the 'Most Creative Bra' is Kathy…

A record number of supporters decorated a record number of bras this year at the ninth annual Bras for a Cause on Saturday (April 28). It was wall-to-wall bras at the newly refurbished Oakmont Country Club as several hundred Glendale Soroptimists, their guests and what looked like half of Glendale were present to support the bra of their choice. Ornately decorated bras went to winning bidders during the silent auction. Bras were also voted upon and gently teased by emcee/auctioneer Rick Lemmo of Caruso Affiliated. (Incidentally, Lemmo reminded his audience that in September 2013, Nordstrom will be opening at the Americana at the same time Bloomingdale's comes to the Glendale Galleria.)

Soroptimists Fundraising Chairman Janet Hamilton, assisted by Lisa McMurray, kept the action moving during the evening of uplift and inspiration. The “cause” part of the evening's title, of course, is breast cancer awareness. Half of the expected proceeds of $30,000 will go toward the three Glendale hospitals — Glendale Adventist, Glendale Memorial and Verdugo Hills Hospital. The second half will go to several charities.

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Soroptimist Kathy Lefkovits, the brains behind the bras, helped decide this year's theme, Bras for a Cause Celebrates Holidays. Each bra was decorated with happy holidays in mind. The bra creators tried to outdo one another so that their decorated bra would be the winner in various categories judged by Donna Hekler, Judee Kendall and Scott Ochoa, Glendale's new city manager.

Soroptimist President Liz Mirzaian provided opening remarks and introductions. City VIPs present included Ochoa, former Glendale Mayor Carl Raggio and Paula Devine, Soroptimist and Chairman of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Then Lemmo took over live auctioneer duties with humor and gusto. Only four items were auctioned off, but they took in $15,400 generated by the generous bidders. A favorite item was a week in rural France donated by Jacky and John Hawley. The trip went for $2,000, the highest price of the evening. Dinner of lemon chicken followed the auction.

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