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Delaney Kleber Mokenmodels one more than 700 bridal gowns bridesmaid dresses be sold by Together We Cope for $75 or

Delaney Kleber, of Mokena, models one of more than 700 bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses to be sold by Together We Cope for $75 or less in a special event set for July 13 to 14 in Tinley Park. | Supplied photo

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Updated: August 2, 2013 6:06AM



Together We Cope is offering hundreds of women a high-end wedding dress for only $75 at a special fundraiser.

The sale will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13 and 14, at 18219 S. Harlem Ave., Tinley Park. The site is a donation from another Together We Cope sponsor located in a shopping plaza at the intersection of 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue in Tinley Park.

Donated by Eva’s Bridal of Illinois in Oak Lawn, the sample wedding dresses by designers such as Vera Wang will be available at the fundraising event to benefit the Tinley Park-based social service agency that helps families in temporary crisis.

“These are high-end gowns made with great fabric, hand-made French and Italian lace, Swarovski crystals,” said Ronia Ghusein, owner of Eva’s Bridal of Illinois.

Ghusein donated hundreds of dresses for the second time to Together We Cope. Ghusein’s original store at 95th Street and Cicero Avenue was destroyed by fire in November 2010, prompting a flood of donated wedding gowns to Eva’s Bridal for its customers. A grateful Ghusein later passed along dozens of unused dresses to the Tinley Park agency, which hosted a successful wedding dress sale in 2012.

Wedding gowns are priced at $75 each; bridesmaid dresses cost $50. The dress sizes are from 4 to 22.

Kathryn Straniero, executive director of Together We Cope, said the agency was surprised and delighted with Ghusein’s second generous donation.

“It’s an honor to have her think of us,” Straniero said.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit clients of Together We Cope, which bridges the gap for Southland residents in temporary crisis by providing food, shelter, clothing and referrals, empowering them to return to self-sufficiency.

For more information, visit www.togetherwecope.com or call (708) 633-5040.

Staff report



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