Raising Funds to Eradicate Breast and Cervical Cancers
Bras for the Cause incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation in 2007. We operate throughout Iowa, with events in cities such as Des Moines, Winterset, Sioux City and Osceola—all culminating in our signature event of the year: the annual Bras for the Cause Gala. We actively sponsor and collaborate with other organizations throughout the state and across the country.
What We Do
Bras for the Cause does this by:
Raising awareness throughout the state that support is available to those in need
Awarding monetary grants to organizations in need of funding for related projects and/or programs
Building a network of outreach to other Iowa communities interested in creating their own groups
Exchanging ideas, collaborating and consulting locally with relevant groups
Why We Do It
For the 65-year-old woman in Mason City who has never had a mammogram.
For the family whose mother has no insurance.
For those who have had breast cancer or are going through it now.
For those who don't have it—and who may never get it—but want to help stop it.
We are fighting for men and women, becoming an army to defend every Iowan. We would love to hear your ideas and your stories. Email Bras for the Cause's President.
How We Started
A decorated bra being used to raise awareness and money inspired a doctor to share the concept with friends. And they transformed the idea into a wildly successful fundraising event. Iowa's major health systems—along with many other generous partners—enthusiastically stepped up in a big way, while dozens of donors contributed goods and services.
More than 500 attended the first event in 2007. It raised more than $340,000, included the efforts of more than 150 community volunteers, and received almost 150 decorated bras. Since our inception, we have raised more than $2 million! We have also provided grants to improve preventive care in the following communities:
President Marcia Munger
Vice President Kyle Lee
Past President Kathryn Johnson
Secretary Emily Clayton
Treasurer Chad Baker
Volunteer Director Mary Ann Lee
Marketing Director Julie Lasche Brown
Partnership Director Kyle Lee
Governance Committee Chair Delana Cline
Social Media Director Emily Clayton
Grants Director Julie Thompson
Gala Liaison Wanda Barkdoll
Nominating Chair Rhonda Kimble
Board Member Brian Lee
Board Member Courtney Bell
Board Member Cara Vannausdle
Board Member Veronica Stafford
Board Member Lynda Meyers
Board Member Christy Van Donselaar Ortman
Board Member Michelle Caleb
Board Member Valerie Bimbi