CureBreastCancer.org is hosting Blues for the Stamp on August 20th, 2014 at Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub. The event will feature a guest appearance and meet and greet with the creator of the Breast Cancer Research Stamp and founder of CureBreastCancer.org, Dr. Ernie Bodai. The event will also feature live blues performances by various local artists in an effort to promote the sale of the one billionth Breast Cancer Research Stamp and to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. Blues for the Stamp will kick off at 6pm.
The Breast Cancer Research Stamp (BCRS) was issued on July 29, 1998 as the nation’s first fundraising stamp. Over 950 million stamps have been sold since then, raising upwards of $85 million in the process. Blues for the Stamp seeks to drive sales of the BCRS to meet its goal of reaching one billion stamps sold by the end of the year.
The idea for the stamp was created by local surgeon Dr. Ernie Bodai in 1995. Dr. Bodai, who directs the Breast Health Center at Kaiser Permanente Sacramento, spent two years persuading Congress and the U.S. Postal Service to launch the historic stamp. The BCRS was originally slated for a limited run, but has been extended through various acts of Congress and is now available in similar forms around the world.
Along with live performances, local artist Kim Lau will be sharing her recent works inspired by CureBreastCancer.org and the Breast Cancer Research Stamp. Lau is a mixed media artist who has been working with Dr. Bodai and CureBreastCancer.org to develop artwork aimed at growing awareness.
Held at Harlow’s Restaurant and Nightclub, Blues for the Stamp will feature performances by various local artists such as City of Trees Brass Band, Dylan Block, Charlie Ramatici and Blue Gaucho Crew.
CureBreastCancer.org (CBC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing breast health awareness and education to all women and their families. Working through the dedicated volunteers, CBC has consistently returned over 90% of all contributions to the community through its programs and services.