Thursday, September 25, 2008

Brides Against Breast Cancer

Last January of 2008 I had the honor of volunteering at the Brides Against Breast Cancer / Making Memories Gown sale in Portland. I had never been to one of these sales and could never volunteer because of my work schedule before. This year since I am self employed and work my own schedule, I had the opportunity to work the set up days and also one weekend day of the sale.
I must say, it's hard work. You know how heavy ONE wedding gown is...well, try carrying 4-6 at a time! Nearly 6,000 gowns get off loaded. We sort, inspect, hang and tag the best 2,000 or so for the sale. Three days of this and the SALE is ON! Brides come from all over the State for the opportunity to buy a gorgeous designer gown for less than half the price of retail.
Every style of gown imaginable is there. Huge dressing rooms for trying on, full length mirrors, volunteers to help zip, hang up, find sizes, pick slips and veils out, everyone is friendly and patient too. Most people imagine it to be one of those vicious, fighting over dresses, cat fight sales, but it really isn't.
If you are a bride or know a soon to be bride, be sure to visit the sale when it comes to your State. If you are a wedding professional or just a person who cares, please volunteer to work the sale.
The two women who run the show are amazing. They work 16 hour days, eat, catch a few hours sleep and are right back at it. Unlike the volunteers, they don't stop when the sale is over. they have to pack up and move on to the next sale.
Visit the website for a calendar of shows across the nation.
http://pepmembers. org/forums/index. php?showtopic=437http://makingmemories. org/HEADS UP PORTLAND! The annual sale is in portland again at the Double Tree Hotel by Lloyd Center.Portland, ORJanuary 23, Friday, 10 am - 8 pm January 24, Saturday 10 am - 6 pmJanuary 25, Sunday 10 am - 6 pm

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Volunteers Needed! Please register to volunteer at the Wedding Gown sale. Tues-Thurs is unloading trucks, hanging dresses, sorting, inspecting, pricing and displaying.

Friday morning the sale opens. Assisting brides with trying on, finding the perfect dress, accessorizing, and more. Show ends Sunday.
Wedding professionals have an opportunity to meet thousands of brides. PLUS, you helping an incredible cause. Proceeds from the sale help grant wishes to those losing the battle to Breast Cancer. Hope to see you there!