If only a David's Bridal exec had bothered to do a quick Google search for "dress donation-Minnesota," perhaps the company would have thought twice about destroying wedding dresses at Priscilla of Boston. Last week, employees of the now-defunct division of David's Bridal were videotaped spray painting red Xs on designer gowns before the 50th & France store went out of business. Operation Glass Slipper, which provides prom wear at no charge to girls who could not afford it, is one of several organizations in town that gladly would have accepted the gowns. Especially this month. Next weekend is Operation Glass Slipper's annual dress sale. Thousands of dresses and wedding gowns from the Twin Cities-based non-profit's excess inventory will be sold for $20 to $50 each. Proceeds will be used to purchase shoes, accessories and makeup that will be made available in March at the main event for prom-goers. The group outfits more than a thousand girls for prom each year. And that doesn't count the hundreds more who are able to buy a new or gently used special occasion dress at an incredibly reasonable price during the annual overstock sale.
"We welcome all donations of attire, money, and time, and we are grateful to our volunteers and supporters without whose generosity this project would not be possible,” Operation Glass Slipper Director Pam Philipp said in a statement Thursday.
The sale takes place Friday, Jan. 13 to Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Park Crossing Shopping Center, 2233 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul. operationglassslipper.org