Sunday, Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m.—LUDLOW—The 11th annual Okemo Bridal Show is Sunday, Oct. 22 in the Roundhouse at Jackson Gore Inn at Okemo Mountain Resort. Tour the grounds and talk with the team of experts at Okemo who will work with future brides and grooms to make their dreams come true. Meet and greet the area’s top wedding professionals, listen to live music, taste hors d’oeuvres and wedding cake samples and sign up to win prizes including an overnight stay for two in a suite at Jackson Gore Inn or an overnight stay at the Killington Grand Hotel, plus many more.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. General prize drawings begin at 1 p.m, and grand prizes will be drawn at 2 p.m. Tickets and registration information is available at okemobridalshow.com.
The Vermont Wedding Association is pleased to continue to team up with the Kerry Ellis and Jennifer St. Peter of the Marrow Donor Program at the Rutland Regional Medical Center.
The premise is, as couples begin their journey together toward a new life, they are often happy to give someone else a chance at a new life. Organizers are pleased to share that they have found a match at four of their bridal shows. The marrow donor program organizers received a wedding invitation from a “bride to be” at a bridal show. She had lost her mom to Leukemia and this was a way to honor her mother and include her in her wedding day. The “bride to be” asked them to set up their registration at her wedding reception while the wedding party was taking pictures at the church. One of the guests at her wedding who registered that day was a match and has gone on to be a donor.
“Our thanks go out to all of the very generous people who are so willing to reach out and help someone in need. We are pleased to continue to reach out to our engaged couples and their families and friends at our bridal shows to search for donors,” said Judy Risteff, owner of Vermont Wedding Association. Every day approximately 6,000 patients who need life-saving marrow are searching for a donor match. We invite the community to stop by and join the registry even if they are not able to attend the show. Registration consists of a brief medical form and a cheek swab. We look forward to seeing you all there,” said Risteff.