When: Votes for favorite bras will be accepted online through Tuesday, July 30. A fundraiser is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Voting is available online at http://ashevilleartfulbra.com or at Kitsch Fabrics, 742 Haywood Road. Each vote costs $1. The fundraising event will be held at Altamont Brewing Company, 1042 Haywood Road, in August.
Why: There's a new army in the war against cancer. Each soldier has two cups, two straps and everything from fringe to doll heads hanging from the bottom. These "artful bras" do more than just support: They also protect women from breast cancer.
Kitsch Fabrics and Sisters-in-Stitches will once again join forces to raise funds for Mission Hospital, Asheville Breast Center and Buncombe County Department of Health's Ladies Night Out program. The agencies work together to provide free mammograms and cancer screenings to uninsured and underinsured women in Buncombe County.
Local artists created 60 handcrafted and embellished bras that are currently on display at Kitsch Fabrics. One features baseball stitching (a nod to "second base"), another includes toy cars that race along "Interstate 34-B." The bras are a whimsical reminder that breast health is essential for every woman, whether she prefers kitchen gadgets or pink duct tape (pictured) on her undergarments.
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