2017-01-20 / Community

Creative Cups: A Kaleidoscope of the Senses


“Pretty Paper Posies” by Janet Hovnanian “Pretty Paper Posies” by Janet Hovnanian On March 16 beginning at 7 pm at Adelphi University in Garden City, 137 original works of art—called Creative Cups—will be auctioned to benefit the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program. Pat Battle, NBC 4 co-anchor of Weekend Today in New York, will host the event.

To design a Creative Cup, people embellished ordinary bras to fit with stories they wanted to share. On her Creative Cup, Karin Kneitel of Deer Park, who is the great granddaughter of Max Fleischer, the originator of the Betty Boop cartoon character, depicts all her friends happily dreaming that a cure for breast cancer has been found. Everything had to be perfect for Kneitel’s “Bosom Buddies…Dreaming of a Cure.” She even purchased a Barbie doll because it had the exact color hair she wanted for one of the little figures.

South Setauket’s Janet Hovnanian spent 172 hours meticulously piecing together “Pretty Paper Posies.” Hovnanian, who teaches a class in the paper-art of quilling at the retirement community where she lives, enlisted her students in making the tiny paper flowers. She says, “Everyone agreed that it was a good thing to do.” She asked each of the 25 students to make two identical flowers for her to use when assembling the bra.

Self-described “tech geek” Chris Toften of Bellerose and two of his friends, Giuseppe Prisco of Floral Park and Adam Margolies of Briarwood made a bra with a 3D printer, “Extruding a Cure,” in honor of Toften’s aunt and mother-in-law who have had breast cancer.

These are just three of the 137 original creations to be auctioned at the March 16th fundraiser.

“This is the fifth time we have held Creative Cups,” says Hillary Rutter, the executive director of the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program. “We continue to be amazed at the creativity of the contributors and the many who show their support for our work by attending the event and purchasing the bras.” Rutter says that that wine and desserts will be served at the gala auction at Adelphi University Center Ballroom in Garden City on Thursday, March 16, 2017. To date, top sponsors include Goldman Sachs Gives, The Leviton Foundation Inc., and Digital Graphic Imagery.

For information about tickets and sponsorship, call 516-877-4320 or visit creativecups.adelphi.edu.

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