Buy a wedding dress, help a breast cancer patient
It's called Brides against Breast Cancer, and it is based on a pretty simple, yet completely wonderful, idea. Here's how it works: Brides show up. They buy wedding gowns at deeply discounted prices. Then all that money goes to Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation, which grants wishes for women with terminal breast cancer. Think of it as a grown-up Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The event, part of a 40-city tour, is set for March 5-7 at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel at 111 W. Fortune St., Tampa.
Mostly new gowns that typically retail for thousands of dollars will be sold for $99 to $799. Couture gowns will be priced at 25 to 75 percent below retail prices.
March 5 is VIP night from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $50. Brides can register at www.BridesAgainstBreastCancer.org. Call (727) 430-7251 or (727) 343-0800 for more info.
The public sale is free. (Register online at the same site.) Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 6 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 7. Purchases are tax deductible, and brides can donate their gowns back to the cause after their weddings for an additional tax benefit. Everyone wins.
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