Silent & live auctions at Bead&Button Show to benefit MCW breast cancer research

April 29, 2014 College News - The Bead&Button Show, the country’s largest consumer bead show, will take place June 6 – 8 at the Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., in Milwaukee.  The show will feature the Bead Artists Against Breast Cancer, silent and live auctions of beads, jewelry, books, and supplies, with 100 percent of the funds raised donated to breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

The heart of the Bead&Button Show is the Bead & Jewelry Marketplace, featuring nearly 400 vendors with an extensive selection of beads and jewelry from around the world.  The Marketplace will be open to the public for shopping from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 8. Admission is $10 for adults; children 12 and under are free.  A special $2 off coupon is available at  Free admission will be offered Friday evening, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. during a special Night Owl Shopping event.

The silent auction area will be open on Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, closing at 1 p.m. each day. It will feature items donated by vendors, ranging from finished jewelry, artwork, lamp worked beads, and more. 

The live auction will be held during the Bead Social, which will take place Saturday, June 7, from 7:30 - 11:00 p.m.  Handmade beads, sculptural art glass and other beautiful items will be auctioned off during this evening.  This event also will feature coffee and cake, a cash bar, and many door prizes from exhibitors and faculty.  Admission is $10 per person. Tickets for the Bead Social can be purchased online at

The Bead&Button Show is produced by Kalmbach Publishing Co. of Waukesha and Bead&Button magazine.  Since 2006, this event has raised nearly $150,000 for breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

For more information about the show or auction, call 800-554-0197 or visit  You can also contact Peggy M. LeBrun, Assistant Director of Development for the MCW Cancer Center, 955-4503 or

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