Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Gown, venue, catering profits go to homeless

off-white strapless wedding dress
(Photo source: Housing Works)
Unfortunately we missed it, but Housing Works, a community-based AIDS service organization, hosted a spring "Bride on a Buck" event recently at its Gramercy thrift shop at 157 East 23rd Street. Edible treats from the organization's catering arm, the Works Catering, were served and bridal consultants were on hand.

Profits from sales of the organization's discounted designer dresses -- Monique Lhuillier, Angel Sanchez and Gucci gowns cost $100 to $1,000, or up to 70 percent off retail prices -- go toward helping homeless New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS, as do profits from the organization's wedding-related services.

In addition to the catering, Housing Works offers by-appointment-only gown shopping at the Gramercy shop and a bookstore cafe for rent for events at 126 Crosby Street.

There are 10 Housing Works thrift shops in New York City which sell high-end vintage treasures.

Meanwhile, another place where brides can buy a dress for charity is the Bridal Garden, which Wedding-Scoops.com recently wrote about. Click here to read that article.

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