FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
BRIDES FOR A CAUSE RAISES $120,000 IN 2013
FOR ITS PARTNER CHARITY WISH UPON A WEDDING
Proceeds Help Grant Weddings for Couples Facing Terminal Illness and Other Serious Life Altering Circumstances
Portland, OR (February 19, 2014) – Brides for a Cause, a registered commercial fundraiser with the Department of Justice, announced today that it raised a total of $120,000 in 2013 for its partner charity, Wish Upon A Wedding. The proceeds raised for the charity goes to fulfill the 501(c)3’s mission, which is to grant weddings and vow renewals for couples facing life threatening illness and other serious life altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. To date, Wish Upon A Wedding has granted more than 60 weddings and vow renewals, including a wedding for a local Portland couple, Heather & Chris, on September 3, 2013.
Founded in April 2012, Brides for a Cause, which recently expanded into a 2,100 sq. ft. warehouse space on NE 20th & Alberta in Portland, is dedicated to collecting new and gently used wedding dress donations from bridal stores, manufacturers and past brides around the country, which are resold to the general public at discounted prices. In 2013 alone, the organization collected 1,566 wedding dress donations from generous donors around the US and as far away as Australia. Brides for a Cause sold roughly 700 wedding dresses out of its bridal boutique in Portland, online and by hosting 13 road shows along the west coast this past year, including 5 in Portland.
Proceeds are split 50/50 between Brides for a Cause and Wish Upon A Wedding. The charity received $119,959 from Brides for a Cause this past year, which marked its first full calendar year in business. Brides for a Cause covers ALL expenses and overhead costs associated with the partnership, while the charity receives a check in the mail each month for half of the sales. This gives Wish Upon A Wedding the funds they need to grant weddings for couples who are eager to make a lifelong commitment, despite enduring incredible hardship. The charity was just featured on Forbes.com for its incredible work. Click HERE to read the Forbes.com story.
The Brides for a Cause bridal boutique in Portland is located at 4942 NE 20th Avenue. The boutique is open every Friday & Saturday from 10-4 and Sunday from 12-3 and Monday-Thursday by special appointment. Local brides who shop at Brides for a Cause will find themselves immersed in a sea of over 1,500 designer and brand name wedding dresses, which are all discounted up to 75% off, giving them an opportunity to afford a beautiful wedding dress and support charity simultaneously. Brides for a Cause is set to host 9 upcoming road show events during the current wedding gown season starting next weekend in select cities, including Seattle on February 20-22. The organization is currently accepting wedding dress donations 2008 and newer. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, please visit www.bridesforacause.com.
2013 QUICK FACTS:
- Wedding Gowns Collected: 1566
- Wedding Gowns Sold: 700
- Road Shows Hosted Along the West Coast: 13
- Road Shows Hosted in Portland: 5
- Amount raised for Wish Upon A Wedding: $119,959
Interviews and media coverage is appreciated to spread the word about Brides for a Cause, so brides can shop for our cause, and to raise awareness about Wish Upon A Wedding and the services it provides to the public with hopes of finding wish recipients in the area. Photos of the Portland bridal store, its wedding gowns and various road show events are available upon request, along with past weddings and vow renewals granted by Wish Upon A Wedding.
ABOUT BRIDES FOR A CAUSE
Headquartered in Portland, OR, Brides for a Cause is a commercial fundraiser for Wish Upon A Wedding, a national non-profit organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and serious life altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Brides for a Cause collects and resells donated wedding dresses on behalf of Wish Upon A Wedding to raise funds for the charity. Wish Upon A Wedding will receive about 50% of the proceeds. To learn more about Brides for a Cause, please visit www.bridesforacause.com.
ABOUT WISH UPON A WEDDING
Wish Upon a Wedding is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and serious life altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. The organization was created to celebrate the courage, determination and spirit of these couples by granting their dream wedding wishes and for the chosen recipients to inspire other couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength. Wish Upon A Wedding was founded in 2010 and is based in Santa Clara, CA. The charity has granted more than 60 wedding wishes for deserving couples. The organization grants weddings for individuals anywhere in the US, including urgent wishes. To learn more about Wish Upon A Wedding, please visit www.wishuponawedding.org.
Brides for a Cause
Press Release Photo Description & Credit:
Portland residents Heather & Chris were married on September 3, 2013 in Northern California courtesy of Wish Upon A Wedding. Heather has stage IV breast cancer. Photo by Rachel Capil Photography.
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