Georgia City Bans Bras in Cancer Fundraiser

By Sara Dover
|  Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011  |  Updated 12:52 PM EDT
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Officials in Savannah, Ga., are banning bras from being displayed on the street, even though it's for breast cancer awareness.

"Bras Across Broughton" is a campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month created by Clear Channel Communication, the Savannah Morning News reports. The goal was to string as many donated bras across Broughton Street as possible at four major intersections, and car dealer O.C. Welch Ford Lincoln agreed to donate $1 for each lingerie up to $5,000.

City officials saw the stunt as poor taste and denied the campaign its permit request.

"We have always closely scrutinized for appropriateness any private use of our public spaces," City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney wrote in a memo last week. "In this case, we weighed the goal of increased breast cancer awareness with the appropriateness of hanging underwear across one of our main streets."

The fundraiser has the full endorsement of Susan G. Komen for the Cure's local chapter and board president Caroline Keller is asking them to reverse the decisions. Keller says similar campaigns have been held in other cities without problems.

Selected Reading: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Savannah Morning News

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