Garden City’s University Center at Adelphi University last week was the site of friendly competition, lovely jazz and heartfelt creativity all for a great cause.
“I think people were happy to be there,” says Lyn Dobrin, spokesperson for the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, which sponsored the event. “Taking this terrible disease and putting a positive spin on it, and people were able to express themselves so creatively.”
WCBS Radio health reporter Pat Farnack helped to MC the event, which ran from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and attracted some 250 people. A jazz band performed as well.
The Creative Cups event featured 104 decorated bras, one by Miss America, that were auctioned off in order to benefit the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Support Program. Starting bids were pegged at $50, and almost all entries were bid on, say organizers.
One creative cup fetched $600 while another, a Peace, Love and Rock n Roll number, garnered $350, purchased by a man who wanted to grab the artistic lingerie for his sister who was just diagnosed with the disease.
“People really understood how important this event was to us,” says Hillary Rutter, director of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Support Program.
The organization lost crucial funding last year when a $300,000 New York State grant was axed from the budget, leaving the program in a deficit, adds Rutter. Supporters were very generous and Rutter expects that the evening brought in about $55,000 or more, but actual figures were not yet available.
“It was a very satisfying night,” Dobrin added.
For more information on the Adephi Creative Cups program, visit http://www.creativecups.adelphi.edu.