Abernethy CenterOREGON CITY, Ore.—

With 500 wedding dresses selling for a mere $150 each, the annual Dress Dash blessed many brides-to-be this weekend. Hosted by Brides for a Cause and Z100 at the Abernethy Center in Oregon City, Saturday’s event had women lining up at 3 a.m.

“My fiancé was pretty excited I was coming today,” Lindsay Stevens told The Oregonian. “We had our fingers crossed that I would find a good dress.”

After arriving at 5:30 a.m. for the event, Stevens was thrilled to find her dream dress for only $150. For Stevens, like many other brides-to-be, the early morning proved well worth the effort.

“My fiancé is going to be pretty happy about this,” Stevens said.

The doors to the event officially opened at 7:00 a.m., allowing the waiting women to shop in intervals. The dresses, both new and used, were donated from bridal shops across the country.

The event also allows Brides for a Cause to clear out old inventory. The organization sells discounted wedding dresses and donates 50 percent of the proceeds to Wish Upon a Wedding — a nonprofit organization providing wedding and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illnesses and serious life-changing circumstances.

Looking for the perfect dress but missed the event? Brides for a Cause will host a second Dress Dash, this time in Seattle, on Jan. 31.

Make a positive impact by donating your wedding dress, tiara, headdress, and other wedding accessories to Brides for a Cause.

When not writing, Sierra can be found conducting experiments in the chemistry lab or whipping up delectable creations in her kitchen. With a passion for storytelling, Sierra puts her natural curiosity to use investigating enlightening angles for news and events here at The Oregon Optimist.