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On the Town: 'Bras for a Cause' an uplifting event

April 24, 2013|By Ruth Sowby
  • Big supporters of Soroptimists' "Bras for a Cause" are, from left Lawrence Zarian, former Glendale Mayor and current Council Member Laura Friedman and Gregory Zarian.
Big supporters of Soroptimists' "Bras for… (Photo by Ruth Sowby )

Bras, bras and more bras were the order of the evening on Saturday. More than 300 supporters packed a ballroom in the Hilton.

The Glendale Soroptimists offered that special uplift for their 10th annual "Bras for a Cause." This year's theme was "A Decade of Giving." The evening's proceeds, as in past years, will be given to the breast cancer services departments of Glendale's three hospitals — Verdugo Hills, Glendale Memorial and Glendale Adventist.

Soroptimist President Gayle Craig kicked off the program after a reception allowing guests to view and bid on the decorated bras — each of which were in the running for a Bra Award. All bras are decorated by anyone with a passion for bras and a desire to support the cancer community.

Event emcee former Glendale Mayor and current City Council member Laura Friedman welcomed the crowd. Friedman is a breast cancer survivor. Among honorees was Kathy Lefkovits, who dreamed up the imaginative and moneymaking bra concept 10 years ago.

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The Soroptimists' 70th anniversary serving Glendale was also recognized. Lynne Raggio and Craig did the honors.

An evening would not be complete without the Zarian twins, sons of the late former Glendale Mayor Larry Zarian. As auctioneers, Gregory and Lawrence Zarian didn't miss a trick collecting any extra dollar that could be had. The boys wheedled and cajoled their audience into higher bids. But bargains were still to be had. A week in a Hawaiian condo donated by Dr. Carol Ann Burton went for $800. It was won by Heal Within's Liza Boubari.

The evening of fun-raising came to a gravity-defying end with the Bra Awards, each bra being duly considered by a trio of judges. News-Press columnist Joyce Rudolph led the pack. "The Most Creative Use of a Bra" Award went to "Jerry Bust"—with bra cups filled with basketballs towering over a torso covered in white netting, straight from the basketball court. The bra was created by and sponsored by the Los Angeles Cancer Network.

Funds raised will go to Soroptimist philanthropies including the hospitals, the Glendale YWCA and the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women.

"Reaching New Heights through Artistry, Music and Dance." That was the lofty theme of the Gala 2013 of the Glendale Adventist Medical Center. The Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue was the venue on April 14.

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