EDWARDS, Colorado - The ladies of Cordillera sure do know how to party, party for a purpose that is. The recent eighth annual Pad the Bra auctioned off home rentals, vintage wines, a week in Bali, golf lessons and more, raising $65,000 for Jack's Place and Shaw Regional Cancer Center.
"We have all been touched by someone with breast cancer and we continue the fight in their honor, and for our daughters and sisters too," said Pad the Bra co-founder Margie Kyte.
This year's event included a comical singing performance from Ann Roberts and Sue Boettcher, which resulted in $1,000 in donations alone. Additionally, attendees got a guest appearance from Cordillera golf pro's wearing pink and bartender extraordinaire, Bart Seigler, managing the cosmo bar.
Guests were donning pink in many ways. Some wore pink bras over their shirts and some wore pink boas. A giant pink bra was on display at the entrance of the house welcoming guests and setting the tone for the "party with a purpose."
"The event gave us all a warm feeling and was a ton of fun," said Sharon Dennis, host of this year's party. "The fundraiser was an opportunity for the ladies of Cordillera to come together, meet each other and unite over a cause that is near and dear to each of us."
The $65,000 raised at the 2011 Pad the Bra will fund the majority of a Biopsy Tissue Analyzer. The digital tissue analyzer is an in-room tool used to test biopsied tissues and tumors confirming the successful removal of cancer prior to completing a surgery. The tissue analyzer captures very high resolution images and the especially clear and detailed pictures allow for more accurate detection of cancers. The tissue analyzer produces an image in just 90 seconds, which can simultaneously be examined by the surgeon and radiologist.
"This tool will bring the patient benefits in terms of a more accurate removal of the cancerous tumors with less time under anesthesia," said Dr. Reginald Franciose, surgeon with Vail Valley Medical Center's Mountain Surgical Associates and attendee of the 2011 Pad the Bra. "It's much more efficient and a technology that is often only found in large cancer centers."
This year's event, coordinated by the Shaw Outreach Team's Lissa Tyler and Margie Kyte, was held at the beautiful Cordillera home of Sharon Dennis but that event also comes with a wealth of history in its eight years of existence.
The event began in 2003 when Kyte and Sue Talucci decided to have a cocktail party to rival the charity poker tournament the men of Cordillera were doing. The first event raised $3,000 and had 25 ladies in attendance. The following year Kyte and Talucci's neighbors asked to come and the event increased to 75 attendees, raised $15,000 and they added the silent auction. Year after year the event grew, raising $10,000 to $12,000 more each year and rotating among different host houses in the Cordillera area.
"We are so thankful for the facilities and talented physicians here. In my experience, the Shaw Cancer Center compares to any of the best facilities in the country," said Joyce Nielsen, cancer survivor and Shaw Outreach Team co-chair.