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| December 4, 2022 1:00 AM

FUNDRAISER: Bras on Dudes raises around $25K

This annual event raises money to help lessen the burden of household bills for someone undergoing cancer treatments. It meets the needs of household expenses such as the electric bill, gas for the car, or food on the family table which often is short due to loss of wages. The event was held Friday, Nov. 4 in the Ballroom of the Eagles on Sherman.

In 2021, the event broke all records and a check for $35,500 was delivered to the Cancer Care Northwest Foundation via the Windermere Foundation.

Holly Hansen, the Chair Committee Lead was hoping to match the record breaking 2021's $35,000. Hansen said the current economy made it difficult as attendance was down and purse strings were tighter. So the numbers, in so far, indicate approximately $25,000 will be turned over to Cancer Care Northwest to be dispersed to local North Idaho.

Bras on Dudes original organizers Holly Hansen and Karen Hansen, have been growing the event for over a decade and it continues to grow due to the support of community volunteers, donors and the awesome Dudes, some who have participated for eight years and more! 2022 DUDES were Nathan Breazille, Bryant Wilson, Philipp Berry, Jason Czapla, Cristopher Lucas, Andreas John, Kyler John, Wes Pulst, Caleb David, Jarod Womack, Tyler Zoesch, Brycen Okon, Josh Green, Josh Miller, James McCurdy and Albert Shaver. Nathan Breazille was awarded the coveted Dude of the Year award!

Silent Auction 2022 donation committee lead, Karen Hansen was happy with the community support of gift certificates, baskets and cash. “I am grateful to these local businesses who support this event with their generous donations,” Karen Hansen said.

Alpine Shop, Amavi Cellars, Anthony’s At Coeur d'Alene, Appleway Chiropractic, Backwoods Cocktail Bar, Beyond Bones Chiropractic, Brianna Samsel, Brooke Breckenridge, Bumblebee Jewelry, Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre, Centennial Distributing, Costco, Custom Den, Dean Opsal, DJ Andy and Tequila Leah DJ, Eleanore’s Shoes — Holly Hansen, Forever Leather, Hard Art Studios, Holiday Inn Express, Holly and Karen Hansen/Windermere Coeur d'Alene, Jan Jesberger Insurance, Jen Jenkins/Pioneer Title, Kootenai Health, Kroc Center, Lake City Shoe Repair, Luba Photography, Megan Leary, Misbehavior Beauty, North Idaho Embroidery, Pinnacle Physical Therapy, Pioneer Title, Pulse Productions/Travis Bertram, Queen View Land Management, Ruby Frog Entertainment, Runge Furniture, Seright’s Ace Hardware, Shenango, Spokane Chiefs, Spokane Indians, Squeaky's Car Wash, Staples, Stan Schedler, Suzanna Spencer, Tanina, Joanna and Dean @JMiller Salon, Texas Road House, Toni Williams Massage Therapist, Triple Play, Two Reed Productions, Valentine Knife Co., Walmart, Westwood Brewing Co., White House Grill and World Tree Massage.

A special thank you to our generous 2022 sponsors: Christopher’s Catering, Luba Wold Photography, Travis-Pulse Productions, Ruby Frog Entertainment, Two Reeds Audio, Video/Lighting, Pastry & More, Graphic Design by Diana, Redman & Company Ins., Kootenai Dental, Doug with Columbia Bank and Payne West Insurance.

Please support and thank these local businesses and volunteers who support this event.

And last but certainly not least, the event would not be a success without the countless hours of the Volunteer Committee Members and night of event volunteers:

Holly and Karen Hansen — Windermere Coeur d'Alene Realty, Brandie Binfield — Glacier Bank Corp., Jenna Ahearn — Pioneer Title Co., Jennifer Jenkins — Pioneer Title Co., Brook Breckenridge-Cancer Care NW, Jen Smock-Windermere PF Realty, Isaac Loren — Air National Guard, Lacie Wells — Air National Guard, Sarah Burger — Spokane Teachers CU, Gracie McCurdy — All Things Gracie and Connie Vigil — Windermere Coeur d'Alene Realty.

Night-Of Volunteers: Lynn Hammond, Dawn Kelp, Leah Hansen, Cassidy Noordam, Lindsey Bowman, Amy Miles, David Blythe (ANG), Justin Scheib (ANG), Stefanie Stimans (ANG) and Linda Modderman (ANG).

Again, please support and thank these local businesses and individual volunteers who support this community event for locals battling cancer.

HOLLY and KAREN HANSEN

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