13 November 2006

Store donates 120 wedding gowns to vets

From the Associated Press via the CDT:
A formalwear store gave away 120 new wedding gowns to women in the armed forces, veterans, or who are engaged to past or present servicemen.

Rosalind Ramos-Alvarez, who has been in the military for 21 years, heard a radio ad for the giveaway and showed up Friday, selecting two gowns to try on.

She's getting married next September and said she preferred a free gown now, rather than paying later.

"This is just fantastic," she said.

Pete Scolieri, who owns One Enchanted Evening in the Pittsburgh suburb of Pine Township with his wife, Linda, said they wanted to show support for the troops. They decided on the giveaway after hearing of similar giveaways by other shops elsewhere in the country.

"I don't care if you're a Republican, a Democrat, an independent - everybody tries to put that on their sleeve," he said. "But it's just a matter of hey, these guys are over there, whether they want to or not, whether they believe in the cause or not. So how can we give something to them?"

Most giveaway gowns retailed between $500 and $2,000, but one dress was listed for $5,850. One Enchanted Evening donated 100 dresses and several vendors donated 20 others.

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