Gaye spoke with
a development officer and a special events coordinator at Smilow Cancer Hospital. They liked the concept
and authorized the auction as a “third-party event”
for the benefit of patients at the Breast Center.
then set about putting the major elements in place. Lisa Cammolli,
director of sales at the Omni Hotel, offered complimentary use of the
ballroom facilities (including runway, lights, and sound system) and
provided catering at a preferred rate.
To introduce a
note of rigor to the event, ArtBra chose to honor an outstanding local
advocate for the concerns of the breast cancer community. U. S.
Representative Rosa DeLauro, a survivor of ovarian cancer, accepted the honor in recognition of her
“No-Drive-Through” mastectomy/hysterectomy legislation mandating that patients not be sent home immediately post-operative.
Next Gaye worked
with renowned fantasy artist Melissa Benson (daughter of a survivor)
to design the distinctive ArtBra New Haven “corset” logo.
succeeding several months, a website was created and an artists' call
for submissions was distributed to local arts organizations including
Kehler-Liddell Gallery, the Neighborhood Music School, and the
Creative Arts Workshop.
partnership with local businesses and artists worked out beautifully and has extended into our second
and third operating years.
Purchase smart phones (2),
dedicated laptop computer (1), dedicated multifunction printer (1);
letterhead stationery and office supplies.
Expand board of directors,
especially to include a financial officer and a co-director.
Set up membership structure.
Collaborate with celebrity or
other high-profile sponsor.
vision of ArtBra New Haven is threefold:
Each year in the run up to the auction, my home is brightly festooned
with dozens of astounding creations. They arrive daily, even a bit past the deadline.
Everyone expresses how much they enjoy this unusual form of "art therapy." I am constantly
amazed and awestruck at the creativity, ingenuity, talent, and
generosity of those who come forward to participate in ArtBra.
One survivor, a
retired fiber artist and teacher of needlework, fabricated a bra
using the shells and sea glass she had collected during her walks on the beach while in treatment. She has not only created bras for our second
and third years, she has been inspired in her mid-seventies to return
to her teaching.
Some of our
creations have an encore. “When
Life Hands You Lemons, Make Pink Lemonade” was donated
back to be displayed at the Breast Center Boutique. We have been told that many women say it broke the ice for them, helping them
through the stressful and demoralizing experience of their first
Many of our bras
and fine art pieces are donated in honor of a beloved survivor's
triumph over the disease or in memory of a friend or loved one lost
to the disease. Several young people have donated creations or raised
money in honor of their mothers, grandmothers, aunts or other important women in their lives.
The auction itself is a unique showcase of courage and artistic
flair. Among our valiant models our first year was a three-time
survivor celebrating her fortieth birthday. This year, a 98 year-old survivor will model our “Celebrate Survival”
bra. Each turn down the runway has a witty musical accompaniment.
Another notable effect of ArtBra New Haven is the strong friendships that have formed as a result of the project."We are all "sisters under the scars".
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