St. Helens Chronicle – June 2015

Donate your wedding dress for charity

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The month of June has long been considered the official start of “wedding season,” but for one local shop, June is an opportunity to make room in your closet while helping someone in need.

During the month of June, Alterations by Heather in St. Helens is hosting a dress drive for Brides for a Cause, which collects and resells wedding dresses.

Brides for a Cause is more than a bridal store — it’s a bridal store to raise funds for charity. Brides for a Cause is exclusively partnered with Wish Upon A Wedding, a non-profit organization dedicated to granting weddings and vow renewals for couples facing serious illness or a life-altering circumstance.

Brides for a Cause, a registered commercial fundraiser, will sell the dress and send 50 percent of the proceeds to the charity.

Anyone in the Columbia County area can donate a wedding dress to the cause by dropping it off at Alterations by Heather through June 30. Donations are tax deductible and donation forms and receipts will be available at the store.

For more information, contact Alterations by Heather at 503-839-9112 or email alterationsbyheather@yahoo.com.

Alterations by Heather is located at 2145 Columbia Boulevard in St. Helens.


Dress Drive – Alterations By Heather – St. Helens, OR

Alterations by Heather is hosting a Dress Drive during the month of June!  If you are in the Columbia County area and interested in donating your wedding dress, drop it off at Alterations by Heather from June 1-30. Your donation is tax deductible! Donation forms and receipts will be available at the store!

For more information, please contact Alterations by Heather at (503) 839-9112 or email alterationsbyheather@yahoo.com.

Alterations by Heather is located at 2145 Columbia Blvd, St Helens, OR 97051.
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KGO-TV (San Francisco) – May 2015

Sunnyvale wedding dress event to benefit nonprofit

An upcoming wedding dress event in Sunnyvale that will offer gorgeous gowns at discounted prices will benefit a nonprofit that grants weddings to people with serious or terminal illnesses.

 

If you or someone you know is getting married soon, you might want to let them know about a huge sale of wedding gowns beginning Friday in Sunnyvale. You may not only find your dream dress, but also make someone else’s dream come true. It’s an event that benefits a nonprofit that grants weddings to people with serious or terminal illnesses.

Ric and Renee Schmitt Wilbourn had been engaged for 15 years. They finally were able to get married a month ago thanks to the generosity of Wish Upon A Wedding.

“We love each other so much and we were meant to be,” Renee said. “There was just something always that came in our way to hold us back.”

Renee has lived all those years with an autoimmune disease that affects her spine. Three years ago her husband was diagnosed with a form of cancer. Add financial difficulties to all that, and the couple says the time was never right. Despite that, their love never wavered.

“Whatever the outcome is, all three of us support each other,” Ric said.

The third person in their life is their 9-year old son Tyler. He lives with asthma.

This is where Wish Upon A Wedding comes in. The organization grants weddings to couples dealing with serious illnesses.

“Wish Upon A Wedding provides all the basic needs,” said Elisheva Basser with the nonprofit. “We found really generous donations from all sorts of wedding professionals and wedding vendors.”

Fifty percent of the proceeds from a wedding dress sale this weekend in Sunnyvale will benefit Wish Upon A Wedding.

The sale is put on by the for profit group Brides for a Cause out of Portland, Oregon.

In three years, the company says it’s donated about $300,000 to Wish Upon A Wedding.

All the wedding dresses are donated.

“We wouldn’t be able to exist without generosity from people from brides who donate their dresses to bridal stores that want to support our cause,” said Erin Scharf with Brides for a Cause.

Five hundred wedding dresses will be on sale this weekend ranging from size 0 to 30 with prices as low as $150.

A Jasmine Bridal wedding dress with a fun skirt and lace detail retails for $1,200, but is on sale this weekend for $300.

A silk Jenny Yoo wedding dress has a long train and a sweetheart neckline. Retail price $1,200, but you can get it for $400.

“This is a Pronovias dress,” said Scharf. “So when I mention high end dresses, we have them. This is some real nice crochet lace with a real nice train here.”

The dress retails for $2,000, but is on sale for $500.

A VIP sale begins Friday night at 6 p.m. at the Domain Hotel in Sunnyvale. Admission is $20 for a bride and a guest. Saturday and Sunday admission is free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Click here for information on the Charity Wedding Dress Sale at The Domain Hotel in Sunnyvale, and click here for details on how to apply for your wedding wish from Wish Upon A Wedding.

We’d like to thank Andrew Hsu of StudioMSV.com for use of his photos and ExtremeVisionFilms for use of the wedding video.


Ceremony Magazine Blog – May 2015

Haute Event | Brides for a Cause

Brides for a Cause via CeremonyBlog.com

Brides for a Cause is headed to The Domain Hotel from May 29th to May 31st! Don’t miss them while they’re in town with over 500 new and gently used wedding dresses that you won’t find anywhere else. Brides for a Cause hand selects the inventory that is taken “on the road,” so only the best will be featured!

Brides for a Cause partners with Wish Upon a Wedding to raise funds for their cause by reselling donated wedding dresses. 50% of all gross sales go directly to Wish Upon a Wedding.

The Domain Hotel is located at 1085 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA. Please purchase VIP Sneak Peek tickets online.


San Francisco Chronicle – May 2015

The Agenda: 5 don’t-miss events, May 24-31

Published 6:04 pm, Thursday, May 21, 2015

1. Trunk show: Ralph Lauren Pre-Fall 2015 Runway Collection Trunk Show 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 26-27. Saks Fifth Avenue, 220 Post St., S.F. (415) 438-5339. http://bit.ly/1PvgyH3

2. La Dolce Vita Showcase: Spring Edition features live models, Atelier Prélude, LiveLoveModa-curated collections, Sasha Maks Vintage jewelry. 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 27. Drake SF, 508 Fourth St., S.F. dvshowcase.eventbrite.com

3. Beauty trends: Spring makeup and fragrance event featuring spring skin care, makeup and scents. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday-next Sunday, May 27-31. Nordstrom, Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market St., S.F. http://bit.ly/1IWs3Yb

4. Trunk show: See the Oscar de la Renta fall 2015 collection. May 28-29. Neiman Marcus, Couture Salon, Third Floor, 150 Stockton St., S.F. http://www.neimanmarcus.com/stores/san%20francisco/ca/san%20francisco.

5 Pretty kitties and pups: “Dogs on the Catwalk” from the San Francisco SPCA features cat and dog adoptions, music, food trucks and people-pet fashion shows. Free with RSVP. 5-10 p.m. Friday, May 29. Mission Campus Adoption Center, 201 Alabama St., S.F. http://bit.ly/1JwzrYh

6 Brides for a Cause: Snag a wedding dress deal with gowns starting at $150. Benefits Wish Upon a Wedding charity. Friday-next Sunday, May 29-31. Domain Hotel, 1085 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale. http://bit.ly/1FnbkO4.

7. Farm-fresh shopping: Curated marketplace includes antique dealers, home decor, nursery plants, food and a locals farmers’ market. 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, May 30, Soul Food Farm, 6046 Pleasant Valley Road, Vacaville. Free parking. $5; kids 15 and under are free. http://on.fb.me/1EaiQVu

— Michelle Devera, mdevera@sfchronicle.com