Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette
While watching 'My Fair Wedding with David Tutera' this man whom I adore mentioned something that I would like to discuss with you. He spoke of an organization that not only aids brides to find the wedding dress of their dreams, but it contributes to programs that aid cancer patients, as well as their families.
The organization is called Brides Against Breast Cancer and they have bridal shows all over the U.S. At these shows, many people whose lives have been affected by breast cancer find information and other resources. All empowers them in the battle against breast cancer. Another important aspect is that Brides Against Breast Cancer hosts fund-raising events; this is done in the form of thirty or more shows a year. At these events called the Nationwide Tour of Gowns ™ a bride-to-be, ethnic or otherwise can find the gown of her dreams, even tiaras and crinoline -- at truly unbelievable prices! I actually think it is wonderful that the Brides program has received upwards of 50,000 wedding gown donations. The resale value of these gowns has been estimated at over 4 million dollars. National coverage in magazines like Redbook and Woman’s Day has helped to make this possible.
I'll tell you something else, ethnic Beauties. More than fifty percent of these beautiful gowns are donated by bridal retailers, designers and manufacturers. Many of their couture and designer gowns are new, and some can sell for as high as twenty thousand dollars, retail. However, Brides Against Breast Cancer offers them at incredible prices so that the proceeds can contribute to programs for patients and their families.
Now here is how you too can help, ethnic beauties... Brides Against Breast Cancer needs contemporary gowns; they need the donation of slips and veils too, all dating from 2007 up until today. Since there are many ethnic brides each year, why not donate your lovely Indian gown? African-inspired gowns are most beautiful, as are mantillas which are traditional Spanish wedding veils; another ethnic bride would love these.
I mustn't forget to mention this... Every gown that arrives will be carefully prepared for sale at the upcoming Brides Against Breast Cancer Nationwide Tour of Gowns ™. Therefore, do something wonderful. Donate, by going to their website. Simply click on the 'Gown Donations' tab. For those of you who have lovely vintage gowns and accessories, do not be disheartened. You too will get your chance to contribute. Brides only asks that you would simply hang onto your prized possessions until they are able to add it to their extensive inventory. When these classics are needed, it will be posted on the national website.
Brides even has a Pink Envelope Project™. This can be any event, fundraiser, or party that you host. Book Clubs can even turn one of their meetings into a project. You see, the goal is simply to raise funds for Brides Against Breast Cancer.org. All they ask is that you use their pink envelopes for donations gathered. The information is on their website. So why not incorporate the Pink Envelope into your next function!
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