Photos: 2nd Annual Cancer is Ugly! Sweater Party at Yards Brewery

Gene Willard, Lindy Smith and Doug Smith at The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's "Cancer is Ugly" Sweater Christmas Party at Yards Brewing Company on Dec. 20, 2012. ( Hillary Petrozziello / )

'Tis the season for giving, raiding your aunt's closest to find the most hideous, holiday-themed garment imaginable, and drinking beers that keep your belly warm.

In Fishtown on Thursday, Yards Brewing Company hosted its 2nd Annual Cancer is Ugly! Sweater Party to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and make sure Philly could cover all of their holiday bases with one stop.

Folks donned their ugliest holiday garb as celebrity judges Jay McCarroll (of Project Runway, Season 1 fame), Cara Kahn from Real World Chicago, Esther Lee, the style editor and entertainment producer here at, and HughE Dillon, whose work appears on,, Good Day Philadelphia and in Philadelphia magazine, selected the people with the ugliest outfits. The final winner, chosen based on audience applause, wore an impressively nasty green sweatshirt littered with a busy holiday scene and punctuated with, of course, glitter.

The event also featured a live band that played everything from Tom Petty to Kelly Clarkson to INXS to Carly Rae Jepsen, a spread of sandwiches and appetizers, and a raffle fashion and staycation prizes. Oh, and beer. Lots of beer.