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Posted: Saturday, September 19, 2009 3:59 pm | Updated: 1:58 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

What does a bra have in common with an advocate for domestic violence victims? They’re both held close to the heart and offer support, say organizers of a Mesa event that hinges on brassieres. Bras are the central focus of a fundraiser and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month kickoff going on Saturday at Mesa Community College.

What does a bra have in common with an advocate for domestic violence victims?

They’re both held close to the heart and offer support, say organizers of a Mesa event that hinges on brassieres.

Bras are the central focus of a fundraiser and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month kickoff going on Saturday at Mesa Community College.

Called “Karma Cups: An Uplifting Affair,” the event features a fashion show — put on by local nonprofit fashion proponent Phoenix Runway — of uniquely decorated bras submitted from all over the world via a design contest.

Off the runway, the event will feature wellness exhibitors offering everything from yoga demonstrations and body wraps to haircuts and chair massages. Jewelry and craft vendors, children’s activities, raffles and silent auctions are also planned.

A live musical lineup includes the jazzy Vandal/Hancock Trio, blues duo Mikel Lander and Meridith Moore, and local singers Jeordie White and Chava Cannon.

Money raised at the event will benefit three local charities: The Bravery Project, where domestic violence survivors tell their story through art; Bosom Buddy Bra Recycling, which distributes new and used bras to women in shelters, transitional housing and developing countries; and National Advocacy and Training Network, which provides training and education for homeless, battered and sexually abused women in recovery and runs the Cup O’ Karma coffee shop in Mesa.

Karma Cups bra fashion show

What: Uniquely decorated bras are paraded down the runway in a fashion show by Phoenix Runway. Plus, there’s music, food, artwork, jewelry and pampering services like massages and manicures.

When: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Navajo Room inside the Kirk Student Center at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa

Cost: $10 to $12 for adults, or $5 with the donation of an unused bra; $1 for kids younger than 12

Information: (602) 488-1295 or www.natn-az.com

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