FestiGals’ ‘Bling A Bra’ Event To Support Breastoration, Cancer Association Of Greater New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – Girlfriends are like bras, close to the heart and always there for support. So why not mix the two for a great cause?

         FestiGals, a nonprofit organization founded by women for women, that will host a weekend-long celebration from June 22-24 at the JW Marriott, 614 Canal St., wants you to rally your friends to support two worthy organizations that care for women with cancer. The Bodacious Bras Challenge provides a fun, easy and creative way to make a positive difference, FestiGals reps said.

         First, go to www.FestiGals.org/blingabra to get started on bedazzling, decorating or transforming a bra into your very own personal work of art. Click the “Enter the Challenge” button and select “Join the Challenge” and pay the $25 entry fee before 1:00 p.m. on May 22.

         Next, register your bra online and take to social media to spread the word to friends and family to garner support for your entry. Every dollar committed to support you in the contest brings you one step closer to the top.

         At sign up, FestiGals will provide you with a personalized web page to upload photos of your braART along with a personal story, your fundraising goal and any other information you wish to share. Supporters will be able to make donations directly to your page. 

         Each dollar raised counts as a vote towards winning The Bodacious Bras Challenge. Proceeds from the sales of the bras and braART, will be donated to Breastoration and the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans (CAGNO).

         The deadline for online fundraising is midnight, June 5.

         FestiGals embodies a tradition of focusing on timely issues that impact women, reps said. In only six years, FestiGals signature fundraising initiative, Bodacious Bras for a Cause, has generated more than $130,000 for women in need. The Bodacious Bras Challenge is the perfect way to get everyone involved in an important fundraising effort, FestiGals reps said.

         The top three braART finalists will receive complimentary invitations to FestiGals Bodacious Bras for a Cause Luncheon on Saturday, June 24. This coveted event showcases select braART that will be featured in a live auction format for the grand finale to this philanthropic effort.

         All participants who take The Bodacious Bras Challenge receive complimentary admission to FestiGals Stiletto Stroll, a New Orleans style second-line parade that rolls down the CBD Saturday evening June 24. There’s no better way to celebrate your commitment and show off your creation than by joining other women who’ll be strutting their stuff on parade day, FestiGals reps said.

         FestiGals’ Bodacious Bra Challenge is a fun and easy way to step up and do your part for someone with cancer, reps said. So, grab your glue gun, glitter and feathers and let your creativity shine. 

         FestiGals is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Diane B. Lyons, DMCP, CMP and ACCENT DMC, a DMC NETWORK COMPANY, produce the annual event held in New Orleans each June. FestiGals maiden-voyage in 2011 attracted more than 150 women. Last year, more than 2,500 women from across the country converged on the Crescent City for the weekend-long celebration. The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce all endorse this unique women’s event, FestiGals reps said.

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