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Creative Cups Is Back, New Hyde Park

Get out your needle and thread, glue gun, fabric, beads, and paint New Hyde Park. Creative Cups, the popular, life-affirming fundraising event of the Adelphi Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is back and two local residents have already submitted designs. This is the fourth time that Creative Cups has happened on Long Island, where artists, breast cancer survivors, their friends and family members and others have used originality and creativity to transform ordinary bras into works of art.

Submitted creations must be received by Oct. 15 to be included in the auction/gala on March 19, 2015 at Adelphi University in Garden City. Those wishing to create a bra are encouraged to sign up early, as entrants will be limited to 200. Two 2013 New Hyde Park entries were submitted by Patti Hodder and Eliz Alahverdian.

Patti Hodder - Lady Bra-Ga

When Lady Gaga first came on to the music scene, Hodder was impressed with her songwriting and musicianship. But when Hodder started to read more about her, she was even more impressed with some of her messages and charity work. Her one platform in particular was to embrace who you are, what you look like, whom you love and to not let anyone or anything divert you from your dreams and goals.

When some of Hodder’s girlfriends were going through breast cancer treatments, she realized that this incredibly hard journey should not become the total of what each woman was or had accomplished. Instead of labeling them as breast cancer victims or breast cancer survivors, Hodder felt it was important to acknowledge them first as women, friends, mothers, lovers, teachers, art lovers, handbag fanatics, Fifty Shades of Grey readers, etc. So when Hodder saw a recent documentary about Lady Gaga called One Sequin at a Time, she came up with the inspiration for Creative Cups 2013. The mask is something Hodder saw her wearing several times (even just walking through an airport) so she had hoped that by including this, it would make people realize who the Lady Bra-Ga was inspired by.

“Cancer may be part of who we are, it is not all we are,” Hodder said. “And as Lady Gaga says herself, ‘I’m on the right track, baby, I was born to be brave.’”

Eliz Alahverdian

Alahverdian offered this quote from Thomas Carlyle to describe her cup design: “She who has health, has hope; and she who has hope, has everything.”