Are you in the market for a wedding gown? Want that gown to really mean something? Brides Against Breast Cancer’s renowned Nationwide Tour of Gowns visits Eugene on Sunday, Feb. 3 and Monday, Feb. 4. They’ll be selling hundreds of donated name brand and designer gowns, most ranging from $99 to $799. And it’s all for a great cause: 71 cents of each dollar will support free programs and services for people affected by cancer.
The money raised goes to charities in the cities the tour visits and to its parent organization, The Center for Building Hope in Sarasota, Florida. In Oregon, Brides Against Breast Cancer partners with locally grown non-profit Breast Friends, founded in 2000 by two breast cancer survivors in Portland. Breast Friends works to improve the quality of life for women with cancer by teaching friends and families how to offer support.
This year is the first time the tour will stop in Eugene; the sale will be held at the Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way. Gowns will range in size from 0 to 30 with an average price of $600. Accessories like tiaras and veils will be sold, along with bridesmaid dresses.
The dresses will be available on the first night before general admission during the VIP Pink Power Hour from 5 to 9 p.m. for a $20 tax-deductible donation. General admission on Sunday is $7 for brides and free for guests. Registration and information are available online at www.bridesabc.org.
by Lana Jones