Bead Your Own Bra event to raise money for NWI Breast Care Center

2014-01-23T12:41:00Z Bead Your Own Bra event to raise money for NWI Breast Care CenterContributed by The Idea Factory
January 23, 2014 12:41 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Bead your own bra? It’s not the first time noted bead artist Stephan Wanger has been asked to use bras as a canvas for his stunning bead art.

This Saturday, Wanger will work with dozens of event-goers attending the region’s first “Bead your Own Bra” event. Hosted by Methodist Hospitals Foundation, the evening will unfold at the former Crown Point library, which serves as a Bead Town gallery while Wanger is in the region.

“This is a great event for a great cause,” Wanger said. “It has been an honor for me to bring this very popular event and new art form from Louisiana to Northwest Indiana and to be able to raise funds and awareness for the Methodist Hospitals Foundation at the same time.”

Everything for the Bead Your Own Bra evening has been donated – including Wanger’s time – and all proceeds go to benefit breast health in Northwest Indiana.

Foundation Executive Director Rob Hanrahan said this event puts a spotlight on the need for every adult in Northwest Indiana to have access to care. Although typically thought of as a woman-only disease, breast cancer strikes men, too. About 2,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in men in 2013.

Krewe Athena, the host of the BYOB event, selected Mario Minotti as their prince in order to further the message that every adult needs to be monitored for signs of breast cancer. Minotti, a partner at Legacy Investments, has been working to advance the discussion about breast cancer in men throughout the region.

The foundation’s fund-raising efforts provide advanced diagnostic breast exams for anyone who has an abnormal mammogram and does not have the resources to pay for additional testing through the Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center, located on the Methodist Hospitals Merrillville campus.

“What better way to promote breast health than through a fun event such as this,” Hanrahan said. “Members of the foundation’s Krewe Athena, who raise money to advance breast care in our region, thought it would be a fun evening that benefits a vital cause.”

Bras for the event have been donated by Marshalls. Wines will be provided by Cooper’s Hawk and hors d’oeuvres by Gino’s Steakhouse.

WHEN/WHERE: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at the former Crown Point Library, 214 S. Court St.

RESERVATIONS: $50 includes food, drinks, bra and beads. Reserve your seat by calling Donna at (219) 793-9109 today!

INFORMATION: For additional information about Mardi Gras, including our annual Mardi Gras Ball on Feb. 15, please visit us online at

About the foundation

The Methodist Hospitals Foundation is an important part of the hospitals’ plans for expanding and strengthening its partnership with the community. Participating in giving to the Foundation is an ideal way for community members to take part in furthering our mission. The Methodist Hospitals Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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