Skip to main content

Bras on Broadway: Fargo's annual fundraiser puts undergarments on the outside

Bras are usually worn by women, not hotels. But there's an annual exception in late October in downtown Fargo. The Hotel Donaldson is lined with brassieres of donors to the Bras on Broadway fundraiser. It raises money to help with lodging and gas expenses of women who travel to Fargo for breast cancer treatment.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

There's no proof that migrating birds navigate by them yet, but this is the seventh autumn that a rainbow of bras has graced the side of the Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo. It's all part of the Bras on Broadway fundraiser.

The bras hanging down the side of the hotel come from donors to the campaign, which raises money to offset the lodging and gas costs of women who travel to Fargo for breast cancer treatment. Last year's event raised more than $100,000, all of which stayed in the Red River Valley.

The keystone event happens Thursday, when bras designed by local artists and celebrities will be auctioned off. There are promising signs: tickets are sold out and this year's "bra garland" is more than two miles long.

Learn more or contribute here.

Here's a short video about last year's event:

And a longer interview with Karen Stoker, the owner of Hotel Donaldson.

Next Up

storm, severe weather, derecho

Hail and tornadoes possible Thursday in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin

Storms are expected to fire along a warm front draped across southern Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2021-04-23 at 8.02.52 AM

Bde Maka Ska pavilion construction begins next week

The former lakeside food stand, home to Lola on the Lake, caught fire in 2019.

Pixabay - laptop computer dark screen

Undercover child sex sting sees 4 men arrested in St. Louis Park

One of the men is being held as he's in a position of authority of power over children.

Owl

New Raptor Center data shows 'substantial drop' in bird flu patients

However, the virus remains a serious health threat for birds.

Screen Shot 2022-05-18 at 6.16.34 PM

Suspect kills himself after shooting woman and baby at Fargo restaurant

The suspect was found dead in a stolen vehicle in Minnesota.

CK Kyle Kasio

Charges: Guest stabbed three men as they slept in Albert Lea

Investigators believe the suspect is related to all three victims.

Kandiyohi County Courthouse

2 charged for fentanyl overdose death of 19-year-old

The-19-year-old died from a fentanyl overdose last month.

storm, severe weather

Severe thunderstorm watch: Hail, 65 mph gusts, tornadoes possible

The watch is just north of the Twin Cities metro area.

Lake Minnetonka

The staggering rise of Minnesota's most famous lakes this spring

Imagine dumping Lake Minnetonka into Lake Superior 47 times.

Marijuana, cannabis

Minnesota Senate shoots down latest marijuana legalization attempt

The bill didn't receive the required votes for further consideration on Wednesday.

tree

Minneapolis wants to use $1M in federal cash to plant 200,000 trees

The goal is to have these trees planted by the year 2040.

Related

Beer maker seeks brewery site in Fargo

The owners of Fargo Beer Co., makers of Wood Chipper Indian Pale Ale and Stone’s Throw Scottish Ale, are in the process of acquiring a place to brew beer in Fargo, the Forum reports. Right now, Fargo Beer is brewed in Wisconsin at Sand Creek Brewery. According to the newspaper, city officials are working on a brewery license ordinance, but it might be early next year before it's finalized.

Michele Bachmann outspending her fundraising

Politico reports the GOP candidate raised $4 million in the last three months. But according to campaign filings, Bachmann spent $2 million more than that over the same period. Bachmann's fundraising numbers pale in comparison to other presidential challengers, as analysts call into question her ability to court major donors.

Hitachi partnering with Microsoft on new Fargo software business

Microsoft's 1,700-employee campus in Fargo helped draw Tokyo-based Hitachi to the city. The company plans to start small, with just twenty employees but hopes to add hundreds more.

Coen brothers' 'Fargo' to be TV series

Minnesota's beloved movie-making siblings Ethan and Joel Coen have cut a deal to bring one of their signatures movies to television, Deadline Hollywood reports. FX will develop "Fargo," to be loosely based on the 1996 comedic crime drama.

Fourth bomb threat made in Fargo area

Guests at the downtown Radisson Hotel in Fargo were allowed back in after a bomb threat evacuated the building for two hours Saturday night, the Fargo Forum reports. There have been three other bomb threats in a week in the region: at the Fargo Hector International Airport on Tuesday, the Grand Forks International Airport on Wednesday and North Dakota State University on Friday.

Fargo woman accused of exposing baby daughter to meth

A 19-year-old mother in Fargo is facing a child neglect or abuse charge for allegedly exposing her 1-year-old daughter to methamphetamine, Forum Communications reports. Court documents say the baby girl's hair tested positive for traces of meth and was exposed to hazardous living conditions.