Hoots for the Hooters

Harper – Cheers reached the rafters when Laurie Hornback asked for a round of applause for the Hedrick Volunteer Fireman, as they lined up on the stage of the Carl Craft Civic Center waiting for their turn on the catwalk. For the eighth year in a row, the firemen have donated themselves as models for event, which Hornback created for the purpose of raising money for breast cancer screenings through Greater Komen Iowa. 

         As Hornback announced in the opening, the 2018 event raised $27,200, making the combined funds raised for the eight years a total of $97,300. A hundred percent of the proceeds have gone to Komen, now Greater Komen Iowa, the majority of the money being raised at the “Bras For a Cause” event, but also through other donations provided throughout the year. 

         Before the models were introduced, Hornback listed many people to acknowledge, including friends, family, and all 23 sponsors. 

         “I need to thank my husband Mike, my kids, Andy, Lacy, Nina, Ashley, Molly, all these crazy fireman,” Hornback said.

         Special mention was made about her “BFF” Tammy who had spent the past three days with Hornback at the Center helping throw the event together. After all the honorable mentions, the moment everyone came for arrived and the firemen introduction commenced. 

         “There would be no “Bras for a Cause” without the firemen. Every year I go ask their blessing. Every year they say ‘Sure,’ and then they show up,” Hornback said.

         As the firemen headed to their model changing area, Hornback introduced Kim Proctor, who started the event by singing, “He Knows My Name.” The comforting song served as a reminder of the strength and the struggle for those battling breast cancer, and for those like Hornback who have faced the beast and won.

For more on this story and others, catch the April 10 edition of the News-Review.