The organizers of this year’s Bra Fest on Saturday in the parking lot between 817 E. Business U.S. Highway 190 and 831 E. Business U.S. 190 opened the doors to their businesses just a few months ago, and could not get an event such as Bra Fest put together for the traditional month of breast cancer awareness, October.
However, the cause was important to the primary sponsors and coordinators of the event, Claudia Sedore, owner of Decor and More, and Lucy Rodriguez, owner of Our Place restaurant, both breast cancer survivors.
“We just opened in August so we are a little late holding Bra Fest this year and it was a coincidence that we had it on Small Business Saturday. Next year, for sure we will have it in October,” said Sedore.
Decor and More is a small business mall featuring vendors in assigned spaces selling everything from home decor to T-shirts to vintage memorabilia and more.
Currently 64 small businesses rent spaces at the mall and there is still room available for one or two more.
All items purchased are paid for at a central register in the front of the store.
“I saw there was a need for a place like this in Copperas Cove so when I saw the space available I decided to open the store,” Sedore said.
Rodriguez has survived breast cancer twice. “I had breast cancer first when I was 27,” said Rodriguez from her motorized wheelchair.
“Then again, nine months later, it came back,” she said. “Now I live with this,” she said as she showed her crippled hands.
“The result of all the radiation,” Rodriguez said.
The restaurant provided tables at the event and donated 10 percent of food sales to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s research on a vaccine for breast cancer, the recipient of the event’s proceeds.
Silent auction items and fundraising T-shirts lined tables in front of Decor and More.
A bounce house entertained the younger generation.
Later in the day, balloons purchased in honor of a friend or family member were released and people were given the opportunity to say something about their loved ones.
With the added traffic from Small Business Saturday shoppers, the event expected to raise between $1,000 and $2,000 for M.D. Anderson’s research, Sedore said.