Denver Post Mile High Style Blog: Free the Girls Hosts “Bralapalooza”


Free the Girls hosts “Bralapalooza” to raise awareness and funds

by Suzanne Brown, Denver Post Colorado Style Editor

A 20-year veteran of the TV production business, Kimba Langas knows how to draw on the organizational and media skills she learned and put them to work in the non-profit sector.

For the past two years she has been involved in Free the Girls, a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that helps women who have been rescued from sex trafficking earn a living selling secondhand clothing. Free the Girls collects bras in Colorado and around the country and has former sex slaves sell the garments in Mozambique, where bras are a relatively rare commodity and fetch good prices. Langas is co-founder and executive director of the group, while the other founder — Dave Terpstra — is global director, working with NGOs and various projects around the world to help people become economically self-sufficient. He and his family live in Mozambique, where he works with survivors and creates partnerships with safe-houses and rehabilitation centers.

To get more support and visibility for Free the Girls locally, Langas, her board and volunteers recently organized their first fundraiser. About 120 supporters from near and far turned out for the”Bralapalooza” reception and dinner at Cherry Hills Country Club.

“We were thrilled with the event and the venue was amazing,” Langas said. “We saw it as an opportunity to celebrate the success of a new organization and introduce the group to new supporters and donors.”

Langas said ticket sales and the auction netted Free the Girls about $20,000 and she hopes to raise even more the next time they host a major fundraiser.

Among the famous faces in the crowd was actress and television personality Paige Davis, who happens to be Langas’ sister. You might have first seen her on the TLC show, “Trading Spaces,” but Davis recently was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the home improvement show “Home Made Simple” on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Davis has also been acting, in the musical “Chicago,” both on Broadway and in its touring show. The actress has charity causes of her own, including the Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack, but said she couldn’t resist the opportunity to come to Denver and help out her sister’s effort as well.

Davis not only served as host for the party, she also decorated a bra for the benefit’s auction. It was accompanied by a program from “Chicago” signed by Davis and her co-star John O’Hurley, and was one of many brassiere auction items that were sold that night.

Among the offerings were designs from the Denver Broncos cheerleaders and weatherman Ed Greene, whose wife Barbara Greene attended with girlfriends Carrie Hetrick and Jan Zieser. Barbara worked with Langas at Channel 9. Others attending included Alexis Newton, who grew up in Colorado and now heads Free the Girls in Mexico; Olympic biathlete Haley Johnson Stewart; Mette Caston, a former Miss Louisiana who lives with her family in Highlands Ranch; and Alice Bordokin, who served in the Colorado House of Representatives and is now involved in Women Engaging Globally.


This article originally appeared online October 18, 2013, at:

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