Meet the Staff

  • erin scharf, brides for a cause, founder, owner
  • Erin Scharf, Founder

    Erin started Brides for a Cause in 2012. In 2016, she turned this for-profit business into a nonprofit organization to make an even greater impact in the wedding industry by recycling wedding dresses.

    Erin “fell” bridal as the PR & Events Manager at Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit nationally known for Brides Against Breast Cancer. Since 2009, she has raised millions of dollars through her effort of recycling wedding dresses for charity.

    She was able to wear her “recycled” Kenneth Pool wedding dress on August 9, 2014 when she, according to her nuptials, married her drinking partner, life partner and best friend, Ian Christopher. She currently lives in Portland with her husband and two golden doodles, Deke and Junior – and soon-to-be baby Christopher arriving in January.

  • Brittney Connell, Managing Director

    Brittney has been with Brides for a Cause since it was founded in 2012. Brittney oversees the donations and inventory, events, promotion and everything else that is passed her way.  Brittney and Erin met while at Brides Against Breast Cancer, where the traveled the country together for its national gown tour. Brittney is a University of Oregon graduate and is a HUGE Duck fan. She lives in Portland with her husband Ryan and dog Frankie.

  • Sana Becker, Consultant

    Sana is a bridal consultant at Brides for a Cause. You’ll find her daily  helping brides find their dream dresses! She also oversees online sales and social media. Sana holds a BS degree in Fashion Merchandising from Central Washington University.