HOUSTON -- A thousand bridal gowns have just arrived in Houston at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 12245 Katy Freeway at Dairy Ashford.
All the dresses have been donated to a group called Brides Against Breast Cancer.
"From different designers, manufacturers, local bridal boutiques, as well as former brides," said the organization's representative Katie Posivak.
Some gowns are brand new. Some are used. All are deeply discounted.
The dresses travel the nation to be sold to brides eager to save money. Eighty percent of the money made will help support families dealing with cancer.
"It's any kind of cancer. We do treat more of the psycho-social needs," Posivak said, "Counseling classes, educational seminars, exercise classes."
High school students from Westminster Christian Academy in Webster volunteered to help sort and display the dresses. For one of the students, the cause hit close to home.
"Me seeing the pain my aunt went through and seeing all (the) chemo she went through and the pain, like it really touches me, you know?" said Mayra Nambo, 17. "So that's why I wanted to help other people going through the situation."
Prices at the sale start at $99 and go up to thousands of dollars. The average gown price is $600, Posivak said.
The dresses are sold as-is. Some need to be dry cleaned, others require minor repairs.
"Little snags here and there, you know? I mean it's easy to fix," said Courtney Williams, a wedding planner with Houston's Gray and Associates who volunteered to help with the set up.
The sale also includes shoes, veils and a few purses.
There was a VIP sale Friday evening that started at 6 p.m. It sold out.
Doors were set to open Saturday, March 22 at 10 a.m., with a donation of $5 required at the door. The sale was scheduled to last until 4 p.m.