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An eye-catching bra creation called "Eye Can See Clearly Now" with working eye lids was featured in a past Art Bra show for the charity After the Storm, Inc. Submitted Photo

Sixth Art Bra show for After the Storm is Aug. 21


On Aug. 21, the charity After the Storm, which supports cancer patients and survivors, will hold its 6th annual Art Bra show and auction at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford.

After the Storm founder Christine Willet, of Middlefield, said the fundraising event is getting larger, while growing deeper roots in the community.

“More people in town are becoming aware of it and we’re getting a bigger response,” Willet said.

Art Bra 2014, like its five predecessors, features artistic and whimsical creations in bra form modeled on the runway. The bras are then sold at the event.

After the Storm collects the bras through submissions, and this year those submissions have increased more than ever. “A lot more first-timers [are] in the show than in the past,” Willet said.

Submitted bras come from near and far, and this year will feature the farthest. A mammographer at Middlesex Hospital encouraged the submission of a hand knit and bejeweled bra from family in India, which will be featured in the show.

A different bra in the show will have a Snow White theme. Another will be built around a UConn Huskies theme. One complicated bra is a full costume of an oak tree with strategically placed acorns.

“Every year they get better and more creative,” said Willet. “People have upped the bar so much.”

Submissions continue to come in from local creators, according to Willet, and local companies like the Core Club and Perk on Main are donating items for the raffles. Perk on Main will be raffling Perk Truck crepes and an espresso bar for 25 at Art Bra 2014.

Dolphin Days Day Care has submitted both a bra and a model.

Twenty-nine bras will be modeled, with seven male models. “The man show is doing disco, which ought to be interesting,” Willet said.

Bras that did not get selected for the runway show will either be included as raffle prizes or used at the event’s photo booth. According to Willet, the photo booth was a very popular stopping point last year. The event will also include appetizers, pinktinis, and temporary tattoos.

After the Storm is dedicated to helping cancer patients gain access to integrated medical services like yoga, massage, Reiki, acupuncture, reflexology and other services.

“If you’re going through treatment, things like yoga and massage have been proven to reduce stress and make patients feel better,” said Willet, who as a cancer survivor herself, benefited from integrated medical services.

These services are not often covered under insurance and they can be a difficult expense, Willet said, especially for patients who may not be working.

Last year’s Art Bra show raised $34,000 for Middlesex Hospital, Midstate Medical Center, and Griffin Hospital.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.afterthestorminc.org. According to Willet, there will be tickets sold at the door but pre-sales are encouraged for planning purposes.



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