Sixth annual Save-A-Rack fundraiser raises $35,000
SCOTTSBLUFF — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Regional West observed it by teaming up with Backaracks Bar and Grill and KNEB to host the sixth annual Save-a-Rack bra decorating auction Wednesday, Oct. 17. The event was a huge success as the initial totals for money raised from the bras brought in more than $35,000. That does not include the money raised from T-shirts and raffle tickets.
Starting at 7 p.m., 82 bedazzled and feathered bras were auctioned off. Backaracks owner Bob Scripter said the event has turned into a tremendous event after Steve Flowers approached Scripter with the idea. When Flowers lived in Wyoming, there was a bra auction that was a success and he wanted to bring a similar event to Scottsbluff.
“We opened in 2012 and he approached me with the idea because we opened on Oct. 1,” Scripter said. “He asked if we would do something like that and I told him we hadn’t even gotten our feet wet and said we can’t do it this year, but keep me in mind for next year.”
The annual fundraiser began in 2013 when Flowers re-approached Scripter in the months leading up to October. They organized the first Save-A-Rack event. Each year since the decorated bras have become more creative.
Some of the bras that were up for auction were decorated with pencils, Hershey’s kisses, Thing One and Thing Two and Trolls characters.
While most of the bras were decorated simply to help raise funds for breast cancer, there was one bra display in memory of Lita Fay Delcamp. Delcamp was the credentialing specialist at Regional West Medical Center who was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer.
In 2014, Delcamp’s sister, Lisa Weborg, purchased the Midwest Theater’s bra Gracie and wore it for Halloween before giving it to Delcamp. Gracie was placed in Delcamp’s office at Regional West. During the 2015 Save-A-Rack auction, the bra Hope was purchased and the Regional West staff realized a new bra addition would be added every October. Delcamp named the 2016 bra Penny Fay and added her 2017 bra Scooter “save the hoot’rs.”
Her feathered friends filled Delcamp’s heart up until her passing on Aug. 7. The bras were displayed on a statue, which represented how Delcamp handled her cancer with grace. She never gave up hope that she would beat her cancer.
As women and men continue to battle breast cancer, Weborg gathered her sister’s feathered flock of bras and put them into a collection called Lita’s Faith. Weborg shared this story prior to the bidding to inspire the community to share their hard-earned pennies. The story behind the birds inspired the public as the four bras brought in $5,000, but before the hammer dropped, Lisa’s husband Troy decided to match the bid, raising the total to $10,000.
“I was so emotional, I cried all the way home last night just knowing of the many people whose lives Lita touched,” Weborg said. “I did not know my husband was bidding, until it was at $4,300 and someone at our table told me. I went over to him and he told me he knew I missed and loved Lita and he wanted me to have the bras back. This seriously touched my heart and that’s when I told him to stop bidding and I went back up front and announced that Troy would match the bid.”
Another highlight of the evening was when VALTS teacher and breast cancer survivor Karen Reason took the stage with her students to present her guitar along with a bra for the auction. The guitar was signed by country music singer Josh Turner and sold for $3,700.
The evening also featured a 50/50 raffle and special breast cancer awareness T-shirts, with all the proceeds benefiting the Festival of Hope.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer, with skin cancer at number one, and affects women and men.
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