LOS ANGELES – Donations of wedding dresses have been pouring in to a charity that grants the dying wishes of women with breast cancer, just days after a trailer containing thousands of gowns worth an estimated $3 million was stolen from the group.
The 40-foot trailer containing 2,000 dresses and accessories disappeared from a hotel parking lot in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Sunday morning. It was en route to an auction in Los Angeles benefiting Making Memories, which resells donated wedding gowns to raise money.
Suzanne Appel, the charity's L.A. coordinator, said the foundation has been inundated with calls offering donations.
National chain David's Bridal donated 500 dresses, as did Demetrios of NY. Several Arizona salons pitched in with about 1,200 dresses, and more than 500 individuals have donated used dresses, some bringing them to the 10 L.A.-area Curves exercise studios collecting them.
The Brides Against Breast Cancer charity benefit in West Hollywood was to go off as planned this weekend. The L.A. sale follows shows in Baltimore and Washington D.C. that raised about $180,000.