University Relations and Communications

MSU Billings student group organizes 'Bra-Nanza' for breast cancer awareness

March 16, 2009



The Rev. Kim Woeste, Circle K advisor, 657-2165
Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Members of the Circle K service group at Montana State University Billings are organizing a unique competition to raise awareness of breast cancer among fellow students, the university and the community.


All it takes is a little imagination and some lacy undergarments.


“Bra-nanza” is both a charitable event and a competition organized by Circle K to help raise awareness of breast cancer issues. The event is open to anyone in the university and Billings community. Those who register can help raise money for Relay for Life and also have the chance to win a prize.


Here’s how it works: People need to simply register, then decorate a new or used bra to express yourself, your organization or your personal feelings and/or experience with breast cancer.


Registration is $5 for students or student clubs and $10 for members of the community. The finished bra projects will be displayed at the MSU Billings Library from March 23-27. The week will be capped with an open-to-the-public reception on Thursday, March 26 at 6 p.m. in the MSU Billings Student Union Building. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative and the best theme-related.


According to the American Cancer Society, about 1.3 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually worldwide and about 465,000 will die from the disease. Breast cancer death rates have been dropping steadily since 1990, according to the society, because of earlier detection and better treatments. Still, statistics show about 40,000 breast cancer deaths each year.


All decorated bras for the MSU Billings “Bra-nanza” should be turned in by Friday, March 20. Those who wish to participate are encouraged to pre-register by calling the Rev. Kim Woeste, Circle K advisor, at 657-2165 or by e-mailing 

Organizers said there is no reason to be shy because the effort and goodwill help raise money for a good cause.


For more information, call 657-2165.