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About Us


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 is committed to raising money to ensure all Iowans, uninsured or underinsured, have access to mammograms, cervical screenings and related medical programs or projects.

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

  • Raising funds through events such as the annual Bras for the Cause Gala, golf outings, and parties

  • 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:

  • Winterset

  • Osceola

  • Creston

  • Carroll

  • Indianola

  • Perry

  • Cedar Rapids

  • Iowa City

  • Sioux City

  • Ames

  • Des Moines

Board Members

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


Thank you to our partners