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Hope House Receives More Than 550 Bras From KC Celebrity

In late January, local rap artist Tech N9ne provided Hope House with more than 550 bras in what may seem a rather unorthodox way of gathering the donated items.

The Kansas City rapper accumulated the bras during concerts he has performed across the country as fans toss the undergarment on stage.

“I wanted to ensure they went to a good cause and weren’t destroyed,” said Tech N9ne. “What better place to give them than Hope House?”

During the day of the donation, the artist shared that he had an emotional connection with the survivors in the programs at Hope House.

“I know what it’s like,” said Tech N9ne, who lived in a home with domestic violence. “My mom and I moved from house to house from the third to the fourth grade, trying to avoid the abuse by my mom’s boyfriend.”

He went on to say the only reason they were able to permanently avoid their abuser was due to a 25 year prison sentence for an unrelated crime.

Tech N9ne’s efforts to break the cycle of domestic violence and his personal story makes this donation even more heartwarming, said MaryAnne Metheny, CEO of Hope House.

“With his story and such a loyal fan base, he truly has the ability to reach thousands of people we could never reach,” Metheny said. “The support of his listeners and the community is essential to break the cycle. For him to start that conversation is extraordinary.

“To have a well known, responsible man say these things about domestic violence is phenomenal,” continued Metheny. “He knows the fear and the terror, and he can share that in ways we never could.”

Hope House provides Missouri’s most comprehensive domestic violence services, including: a safe 122 bed shelter, 24 hour crisis hotline, court and hospital advocacy programs, individual and group therapy, the Guardian program that serves as Missouri’s only safe supervised visitation program for court ordered visits, and more.

Tech N9ne founded the record label Strange Music in 1999 with business partner Travis O’Guin. Based in Lee’s Summit, the artist has sold over two million albums and has been featured in film, television and video games. After the Kansas City Royals’ World Series victory, he released the song “KCMO Anthem,” which was featured in several Kansas City and Royals’ promotions.