Bridal Sale Benefits Cancer Research

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Screen-Shot-2012-10-17-at-1.50.14-PMThe Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) will present its final Designer Bridal Gown Sale on Saturday, March 22 at the Delaware State Fair Grounds in Harrington. This unique event will feature hundreds of donated bridal gowns all priced at $50 with proceeds benefiting DBCC’s programs and services in Delaware and the surrounding communities. This one-day sale, which will begin at 9 am and close at 4 pm, will help ensure that DBCC continues to offer their statewide programs and services of education, outreach, and early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

The gowns, which have been donated to DBCC by manufacturers, bridal shops and brides, will all be priced at $50. Including couture and exclusive designer wedding gowns valued up to $8,000, gowns are of assorted sizes, styles, and designers. The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition has held three previous bridal sales and raised almost $60,000 for DBCC, continuing their mission to create a community where every person diagnosed with breast cancer is a survivor, and fear and doubt are replaced with knowledge and hope.

“The bridal gown sale has attracted hundreds of brides and drawn interest from across the East Coast,” said Beth Berger, Communications Director for DBCC. “At the sale last March, brides were lined up before the doors opened at 9am, waiting eagerly for the chance to find a dream gown for $100.” With prices being slashed to $50 each this year, staff and volunteers expect even more interest at this final bridal sale.

“The sale has been a wonderful community effort thanks to our volunteers, generous donations from bridal shops, designers, and brides,” said DBCC’s Executive Director, Vicky Cooke. “It is a great opportunity to have a fun day and educate the community about DBCC, however we plan to leave the bridal business to the experts and focus our work on ending breast cancer in Delaware in support of DBCC’s mission.”

The National Breast Cancer Coalition has set a “Breast Cancer Deadline 2020,” citing a singular mission to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. Bridal sale proceeds will be used to expand DBCC’s programs in Delaware and the surrounding communities to address breast cancer and early detection. DBCC provides access to mammograms, support and resources to women and men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and programs for breast cancer survivors.

The DBCC Designer Bridal Gown Sale will be held on the State Fair Grounds at 18500 South DuPont Highway, Harrington, Delaware in the Dover Building. For more information about the sale, individuals are encouraged to visit www.debreastcancer.org/brides or call 1-866-312-DBCC and choose extension 10. For volunteer opportunities at the sale, individuals can contact Kelly Paustian at 302-778-1102 ext. 10 or kpaustian@debreastcancer.org. Parties interested in donating a wedding dress that is less than 5 years old and has been professionally cleaned, can call 302-778-1102 ext. 10 or 21.