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Mercy's Brananza party( Photo by Karen Jackson, for the Baltimore Sun / July 17, 2014 )
Diane Hyatt, left, Beth Tenser, Heather Phillips and Tracey French
What do Mexican sombreros, Old Bay, a mother bird and her chicks, Las Vegas, and the Bromo Seltzer Tower have in common? They were all among the themes of 61 bras decorated by local artists and designers on display at Mercy Medical Center's Weinberg Center for "Brananza," a two-day fundraiser for the hospital's Fund for Women's Health & Medicine. The event culminated in a $50- to $60-a-ticket "cup-tail" party, where some 200 guests bid on all the creations in a silent auction.
What made the show even more powerful for Jean Warner, medical director of O'Brien Center for Women's Imaging at Mercy, were the personal stories behind each design, displayed next to each bra.
"A couple of times, I wanted to cry. Just moving, moving stories," she said.
There were also tears of joy in the eyes of Beth Tenser, the creator and founder of the event , which she has also taken to other cities as fundraisers for other breast health organizations. Though robbed of her voice by Lou Gehrig's disease, Tenser had no problem conveying her feelings about the night via a tablet.
"Excited! As I always wanted to pay it forward in my hometown, and what better than with friends and family," she wrote.
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