My 13 year-old self and 30-something self got into a brawl the night I was cruising ebay™ for music memorabilia when the opportunity to bowl with Jane Wiedlin(Go Go’s, VH1’s Surreal Life IV), popped up. 13 year-old me had 30-something me in a headlock just long enough to hit the “confirm bid” button. “Oh well” 30-something me rationalized “if I win, it’s for a really good cause.” Bowling for Boobies, sponsored by the Soroptimists of the Verdugos, raises funds to assist women experiencing financial difficulties as a result of their breast cancer treatment. In the US treatment without chemotherapy can exceed $100,000.00
I, along with two other charitable fans of the eternally youthful Miss Wiedlin, won ebay™ auctions to play on her team. These charity shindigs always promise a good time but rarely turn out that way. This was the exception. Not only did Jane bowl with us, she outfitted us with bowling shirts, lounged between games with us, bought us food and drink, all the while continuing to help run the raffle and auctions.
Our team, “Jane’s Knockers” had the high score of the night, but the real champions are the “Gutter Sluts”. Besides having a great team name, they brought in $11,000.00 in donations. I chatted with Jane about the event between games, here’s what she had to say:
LG: How long have you been involved with Bowling for Boobies?
JW: Three years
LG: How did you get involved?
JW: My best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and couldn’t afford the treatment even with insurance. We couldn’t raise money and just give it to her with out going through a charity, so that’s how we got the Soroptimists involved and we started Bowling for Boobies.
LG: Are you happy with how the ebay™ auctions went and the amount raised?
JW: It was exciting. I was thrilled that fans were willing to pay money to play with me.
LG: Are you happy with your team’s bowling performance?
JW: We’re here to have fun.
(Hmm…Should I be offended?)
LG: Is there a message you want people to take from this event regarding breast cancer?
JW: Be aware, don’t be passive or complacent. The health care system is getting worse. Its one of the things that’s wrong with this country. People need to be aware and take charge of their health care.
LG: Do you know how much was raised tonight?
JW: Somewhere between $15,000.00 and $20,000.00
Thanks again to Jane and her Knockers: Sid, Sindee, Risty and John, as well as my personal photographer Trbo Donohue. 30-something me is glad to have spent the money and if the chance comes up again next year, I’ll in on the bidding again.
Here are more pink events and items you can check out to help support breast cancer awareness, research and warriors.
• October 15-Carlsbad, CA-Wanda Jackson “The Queen of Rockabilly” performs at the Museum of Making Music to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. In the 1950’s, a time when Ricky and Lucy couldn’t even be seen sharing a bed, Wanda sang lyrics like “Don’t ya give me that cool love, give me the kind I need. Let’s start gettin’ with it baby, you’re acting like a square to me” She also did one of the best versions of “Lets Have a Party”, a song that’s been recorded by everyone from Elvis to the Go Go’s to Led Zepplin
• October 14-San Francisco, CA Opel Productions presents Raise Up to benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Cancer Research Fund. Bay area DJ’s and musicians play at the Shine Lounge with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity.
• November 3-4 Kyle, TX-The Beach Boys and Eddie Money play Thunderpalooza along with other local bands. The 2-day jam-packed music festival will help fund a mobile mammography unit to provide free services in the Austin, TX area.
• Seagate has produced the Pink Pocket hard drive to benefit the Komen Foundation. Ten percent of each 6 GB USB sold will go to charity. It comes pre-bundled with songs from various artists including Joan Jett and Toby Lightman and retails for US$110.
• Sheryl Crow has info posted at her website that’s worth reading. She discusses her battle and there’s some surprising information on prevention and dioxins-I’ll never drink a hot beverage from a plastic container again.