Military brides-to-be flood store with calls

Gown giveaway at Pikesville shop raises enough interest for repeat

April 28, 2004|By Annie Linskey | Annie Linskey,SUN STAFF

The phone's been ringing off the hook at Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection in Pikesville.

Since word got out that the upscale wedding boutique gave away free dresses to military brides Sunday, those who missed their chance have called to inquire if, by any chance, Robinson would repeat the event.

The answer, she said yesterday, is yes.

This Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Robinson and her staff will again open their doors to members of the military - or their fiancees - who have served abroad in recent wars. Brides will receive individual attention, and, if they find something they like, a free wedding gown. All that's required to take part is current deployment papers to prove eligibility.

Robinson held the giveaway as a thank-you for the sacrifices members of the military and their families have made in recent years. Only 26 people came to the event at the store last weekend - far fewer than Robinson expected. Those who showed up walked away with glittering dresses worth thousands of dollars.

Robinson has more than 70 gowns left - in all sizes and styles. Some of the gowns were donated by designers Robinson works with, and she purchased others specifically for the event. All totaled, she's spent roughly $40,000 filling her racks with dresses to give away.

"I've done a lot of charitable work in the past - but I've never gotten as much satisfaction as I did with this event," said Robinson.

Robinson's Bridal Collection is at 1848 Reisterstown Road. For more information, call 410-484-4600.

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