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2019 Bras on the Bayou As reported by Mallory Moser The Steamboat Warehouse was lively with a sea of pink shirts and sashes last night as every seat in the restaurant was filled for the Bras on the Bayou event. This year’s event sold out of tickets in three hours from the opening of ticket sales with a waiting list of over 50 hopeful attendees! All of the money raised for this event goes to Savoy Indigent Patient Support (SIPS) in Mamou which provides financial assistance to cancer patients receiving treatment at Savoy Cancer Center. Chef Jason Huget served a limited menu and did not disappoint with his dishes. He also issued a challenge to the attendees of the event to sell thirty bottles of wine for $20 a cork. That challenge was complete before the salads even made an appearance! Together, Chef Huget and Connie Lamke of the Ville Platte Police Department have raised over forty-thousand dollars for SIPS in the six years that Bras on the Bayou has been hosted at The Steamboat Warehouse. There were many breast cancer survivors in the crowd and they wore light pink sashes. The event started with the survivors being honored and anyone who lost someone to cancer being remembered. There was not one person in the room whose life has not been affected by cancer. Faye Lemoine, a three-year breast cancer survivor spoke during this time and urged everyone to get your mammograms and request ultrasound tests if you find a lump. She said, “Take care of yourself because nobody else can do it for you.” Everyone was invited to decorate a bra and enter it into a contest for an entry fee of $5. Dinner was served as the final votes were made by the crowd on their favorite decorated bras. As soon as the dessert plates were cleared and it seemed that enough liquid courage had been served at the bar, the men in the crowd were asked to volunteer to model the decorated bras. It was a hilarious show as the men danced with pink pumpkins to collect their tip money while wearing the decorated bras. A total of $1,500.00 was raised from the dances alone. Votes were tallied and the winners were Peggy Fontenot, who was crowned Queen Tata and Chief Neal Lartigue, who modeled Ms. Fontenot’s decorated bra won King Tata. Thank you to Connie Lamke, Randy Deshotel and their team for their tireless efforts in putting together another successful event.

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