On the evening of April 13th, the Clermont Performing Arts Center was transformed into a runway of hope and empowerment as the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation (GCCF) hosted its 15th annual Bras for the Cause and Boxers Too fundraiser. This much-anticipated event showcased a unique blend of fashion, philanthropy, and community spirit, all aimed at supporting individuals battling cancer in the South Lake County area.

This year’s event theme  “Leather and Lace,” dazzled attendees with handcrafted bras and boxer ensembles, modeled by local community members.

Founded on the principle of providing financial assistance, support, and comfort to cancer patients.  GCCF, a 501c3 is a volunteer organization that relies heavily on the generosity of local business sponsors and dedicated volunteers to fulfill its mission.

Marie Howd, Chairperson of Bras for the Cause, expressed heartfelt gratitude to the sponsors, guests, and volunteers whose contributions and support made the fundraiser possible. Their unwavering support, she noted, enabled GCCF to raise close to $50,000 through the auction of unique items such as customized bras, boxers, angel wings, gloves, and footwear. In addition, a silent auction and raffle further bolstered the fundraising efforts.

The success of the event also owes much to the dedication of the GCCF board members: President Laura Henry, Phyllis Hutcheson, Kelly Cartier, Kay Simpson, Joe Holt, Susan Taylor, Deborah Reagan, Ed Emrick, Katelyn Raber, and Beverly Key. Their leadership and commitment to the cause have made a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families.

Beyond the runway spectacle, Bras for the Cause and Boxers Too offer attendees an opportunity to connect with local exhibitors, enjoy a diverse array of culinary delights, and unite in a shared commitment to fighting cancer. 

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