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Goodwill Wedding Galas

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Goodwill is putting on their annual Wedding Galas so you can find your dream wedding dress, and it can still fit your budget!

Every bride wants to be beautiful, no matter what her budget. And once again, Goodwill's annual Wedding Galas promise to deliver the dream straight down the aisle. This year, the organization's most popular fundraiser is set for June 9 in Brandon and June 16 in Spring Hill.
Brides-to-be will find more than 400 brand new wedding gowns, ranging in size from 2 to 26, acquired from local boutiques. Goodwill prices begin at $100 for gowns still carrying original price tags up to $4,350.

Doors will open at 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 9 at the Goodwill Superstore in Brandon, 1106 E. Brandon Blvd., and again on Saturday, June 16 at 6 a.m. at the Goodwill Superstore in Spring Hill, 4750 Commercial Way.

This year, as in past years, Goodwill expects a scene similar to Black Friday shopping:  hundreds of brides-to-be, moms, friends and fiancÚs arriving very early to stake their place in line and get the first shot at the gorgeous gowns. "Campers" are advised to bring lawn chairs and get comfortable! Shoppers are given numbers as they arrive and are admitted into the dressing area in that order. If brides don't find their dream dress in Brandon, they can head to Spring Hill the following Saturday. The dresses will be split between the two stores, about 200 at each event, with a wide selection of sizes, styles and prices.

Many of the gowns feature elaborate trains and beadwork and carry well-known wedding gown labels such as Priscilla's of Boston, House of Wu, Private Collection and Melissa Sweet. Gowns were donated by Athena's Bridal Boutique in Clearwater; CC's Boutique in St. Petersburg; Diana's Bridal in Tampa; Olga's Bridal & Boutique in Tampa and Priscilla's of Boston.

Besides beautiful new bridal gowns, shoppers will find new bridesmaid dresses, bridal shoes and wedding accessories. Goodwill Wedding Gala festivities include themed refreshments donated by Publix Super Markets, music, extra dressing room areas, and full-length mirrors and pedestals to help brides choose "the" dress.

Proceeds from the events will benefit Goodwill-Suncoast's training programs in Tampa Bay, Lakeland and Ocala for people who have developmental disabilities. This boost to the agency's summer retail sales will help offset state funding cuts to Goodwill's programs, which provide training, work and paychecks to people who have been diagnosed with mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other severe disabilities.

Goodwill Industries-Suncoast was founded in St. Petersburg, Fla. in 1954, and is one of the largest and most effective Goodwill organizations in the world. Its mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. The nonprofit's successful donated goods retail operation helps support its human services in 10 counties, including employment and training services, training centers for people with disabilities, affordable apartment communities, and community corrections programs. Goodwill is consistently ranked among the charities most deserving of support based on the high percentage of revenue directed to its programs. For more information, visit

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