A wedding dress is the garment that many women dream of from an early age. What little girls don’t know, however, is how expensive dresses can be.
So dozens of nurses in Tampa Bay, Florida were delighted to receive free wedding dresses, thanks to a local businesswoman who hosted a giveaway after her recovery from COVID.
Shannon Keil, CEO of a wedding venue called the Regent, wanted to thank local health workers for their tireless efforts during the pandemic.
Brides-to-be were nominated for the program by friends and relatives, and the dresses, valued between $ 800 and $ 2,500, were donated by a local bridal boutique called Satin & Lace.
Keil came up with the idea after falling seriously ill with the coronavirus. She was hospitalized and the doctors did not expect her to survive.
Now recovered, Keil hosted an event this week where 50 to 60 dresses were handed out.
According to local media outlet WTSP, Keil said during the presentation: “COVID took us, but it was also given to us. It gave us relationships.
“I wasn’t sure exactly how this was going to turn out, but once we started the momentum continued to build up… It was exciting to watch and watch all the joy in the room.”
Nurse Stacy Hudson, who received one of the dresses, explained what the gift meant to her, saying, “I dreamed of it at night. I brought my grandmother with me.
“We looked at the rack, she picked one, I tried that one first and it was that one. She loved it. I loved it. It was a great experience.”
Revealing why she donated the dresses, Alison Farman, the owner of Satin & Lace, told Fox13: “So we end up with dresses at the end of the season and, you know, you can keep them, you can. hang on to it forever.
“But why not bless someone who has worked very hard for the community with the dress?”
Keil added, “These are top tier wedding dresses. Some of them are worth around two or three thousand dollars. So, they are not just like your basic and mundane gown. They are beautiful, beaded, beaded. amazing handmade dresses. “
Another recipient of the dress, Elizabeth Nickerson, told Fox: “We all chose to go into healthcare because we love it, but it’s good to have a little recognition from our community. . And who doesn’t love a free wedding dress? “
News week contacted Keil for further comment.