Cape Gazette

Bros wear bras for a cause

Sussex women Realtors host fifth annual event in Dewey Beach
By Chris Flood | Jun 10, 2014
Photo by: Chris Flood Ms. Amber Hues, a.k.a. Lawton Myrick, talks with a couple of young ladies. He was sponsored by Carl M. Freeman Companies.

Dewey Beach — Hundreds of people showed up to support the 5th Annual Bras for a Cause June 4 at Ivy in Dewey Beach. The event is presented by the Sussex County Chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors and sponsored by AmeriSpec Inspection Services, Fairway Mortgage, the Law Office of Bonnie Benson and the State Farm Insurance office of Jeanine O'Donnell.

The event started with 34 male models working the room in elaborately created bras and costumes, dancing and mingling with the crowd for tips.

Then each model took the stage, prancing, shaking and gyrating down the catwalk, while auctioneer Tom Protack, Beebe Medical Foundation director of development, worked his magic encouraging people to bid. Two of the first five bras sold for more than $10,000.

Carol Wayne, Council of Realtors 2014 chapter president, said all the tips and at least 50 percent of the auction money goes the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. The remainder of the donations stay in Sussex County and help pay for continuing education for chapter members.

Wayne said this year's event was the most successful ever. As of press time June 9, she was unaware of the total amount of money donated to the coalition, but estimated it could double last year's $25,000.

“We were just blown away with it,” she said. “We'll definitely be giving a nice sizable check to the the coalition. It may not be double, but it'll be close.”

The winner of the Best Bra award (highest auction bid) went to Devin Corbett for $12,100. He was sponsored by Jack Lingo Realtor.

The winner of the Best Model (most tips) was Andrew Fillman with $670. He was sponsored by the Rusty Rudder.

Cheryl Doucette, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition outreach and education program manager, said the coalition truly appreciates the annual event. "Anything that starts the conversation makes us happy, but if it's fun also, that's great," she said.

Jason Powell in his green vines-themed bra sponsored the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition; Chris Musser in his paradise-themed bra sponsored by Sposato Landscape, and Tim Hardy in his flower box-themed bra sponsored by Sposato Landscape, take a break from mingling to smile for the camera. (Photo by: Chris Flood)
Dean Donovan, sponsored by Long & Foster Real Estate and wearing his Broadway blues-themed bra, stands with David Scuccimarra, left, and Bill Lucks. (Photo by: Chris Flood)
Blair Cherico, in his Heard It Through the Grapevine bra sponsored by Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty, works his magic on (l-r) Barbara Brittingham, Stacey Dill, Myra Mock, Helen Foti, Carol Brannan and Vickie Voll. (Photo by: Chris Flood)
Hundreds of people gathered for the 5th Annual Bras for a Cause. Here they are anxiously waiting for the auction to begin. (Photo by: Chris Flood)
Ready to walk the catwalk are (l-r) Tim Green in his captain motor boat bra sponsored by Schell Brothers; Garrett King in his midsummer night's dream bra sponsored by the Lee Ann Wilkinson Group; Jimmy Young in his twins bra sponsored by Jack Lingo Realty; Rich Rishel in his Sandie Butts bra sponsored by Carl M. Freeman Companies; and Chris Schell, in his Moulin Rouge bra sponsored by Schell Brothers. (Photo by: Chris Flood)
Shannon Smith, with ResortQuest and the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, helps Tim Green remove his bra after it was auctioned off for $3,000. (Photo by: Chris Flood)
Penne Finkley of Pike Creek couldn't resist tipping angel Dustin Davis. (Photo by: Chris Flood)
Eric Hindes in his Miss April bra, and Rich Rishel in his Sandie Butts bra, act like they've dressed this way before. Both men were sponsored by Carl M. Freeman Companies. (Photo by: Chris Flood)
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