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article imageAthena's Cup collects bras for breast cancer, Guinness Record Special

By Kim I. Hartman     Jun 3, 2010 in World
Woonsocket - Organizers of the Athena's Cup launched a national campaign to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness in their attempt to collect 169,000 donated bra's they will use to set a Guinness record for the world's longest chain of attached bras.
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Athena's Home Novelties, one of the country's premier adult novelty companies has announced bra collection drives at 2010 Pride Events in support of Athena's Cup, a fundraiser sponsored by Athena's which will help to increase breast cancer awareness while attempting to break the current bra-chain Guinness World Record.
Funds collected at Pride events will support Athena's Cup, benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Sharon Epstein of Athena's said over "21,000 bras have been collected to-date and that organizers are encouraging their communities to empty drawers and donate worn bras to Athena's Cup at their local Pride events. Convenient collection points (listed below) have been set up at Pride events in several cities from Maine to Florida."
Epstein said Athena's have been in business over 12 years and this is their first year of holding this fundraiser and bra collecting event. She said you can follow their progress on the Bra-ometer on the Athena's Cup web site.
In honor and memory of breast cancer survivors, donors are encouraged to be creative and decorate the donated bra's and to write the names of a loved one or other meaningful inscriptions on each bra prior to donating.
"We are so grateful for the support of the Pride community. With breast cancer affecting one out of every eight women in the United States, there are so few of us who don't know someone affected by the disease," said Jennifer Jolicoeur, Mother Goddess and President of Athena's Home Novelties.
"Each of us, men and women, need to take an active role in preserving our good health and through Athena's Cup we are encouraging everyone to take the necessary steps for early detection and treatment."
Organizers of Athena's Cup hope to reach their goal of 169,000 bras by October 2010 to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the campaign, the bra-chain will be displayed at various events across the country including the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation's 5th Annual Flames of Hope "Celebration of Life" in Providence, RI on October 9th and the 2010 Autumnfest, an annual festival held in Woonsocket, RI each Columbus Day weekend, where it will be judged by a Guinness World Record professional. Together, the hooked bras have the potential to stretch up to 100 miles. Portions of the bra chain will be available for display throughout the country upon request.
"Breast cancer is a disease that has touched everyone in this country and around the world. The Athena's Cup event was created for a fun way to raise money for research and to increase breast cancer awareness for screening, self-screening and yearly mammograms." said Epstein.
She added that many other events are being scheduled weekly and can be found on the Athena's Cup blog.
Metal for Mammories breast cancer benefit concert, Saturday, June 5 at Lucky Dog Music Hall in Worcester, MA, will support the Athena’s Cup national breast cancer awareness campaign with all proceeds being raised for cause. The event will include an evening of live music performances, raffles and prizes. Attendees are encouraged to show their support by bringing along their old bras for donation.
Pride organizers interested in setting up a collection point at their local events should contact Sharon Epstein at 1-877-ATHENAS ext. 14 or sharone@athenashn.com for more information. For anyone wishing to make a donation directly to Athena's Cup, send one or more bras, with a $5.00 donation, to Athena's Home Novelties, 640 Winter Street, Woonsocket, RI, 02895. For more information, or to make an online donation, visit www.athenascup.org.
Locations currently scheduled for Athena's Cup collections.
-- Connecticut PRIDE Hartford Rally and Festival: Bushnell Park, Harford,
CT, June 5, 2010 from noon until 7:00 p.m.
-- Boston Pride Festival: City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA, June 12 from noon
until 6:00 p.m.
-- 5th Annual Dyke March: Monument Square, Portland, ME, June 18 from
4:00 - 9:00 p.m.
-- Southern Maine Pride Festival: Deering Oaks Park, Portland, ME, June
19 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
-- RI PrideFest: South Water Street/Providence River, Providence, RI,
June 19 from noon until 8:30 p.m.
-- St. Pete Pride Street Festival: Grand Central District, St.
Petersburg, FL, June 26 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
-- NYC PrideFest: Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th
Street, June 27 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
-- Pride Vermont: Battery Park, 1 Battery Avenue, Burlington, VT, July
24, noon until 4:00 p.m.
About Athena's Home Novelties
Founded in 1998 by Jennifer Jolicoeur, Athena's Home Novelties is one of the country's premier adult novelty companies with more than 1,400 active independent consultants, or "Goddesses," operating in more 35 states nationwide.
Athena's seeks to empower women through sexual education in a safe and comfortable environment by offering only the highest quality products presented by a trained Athena's Goddess or Adoni. Through its wide range of sensual home novelty and spa products, Athena's in-home parties are designed to bring passion into the lives of everyday women.
With its flexible business plans and training programs, Athena's offers life-changing business opportunities for self-motivated, open-minded and energetic women and men. To book a party, become a Goddess or Adoni, or learn more about the company and its products please visit www.athenashn.com
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