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Saturday March 29th, 2014

Posted at 7:05pm

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The second annual Bridal Ball kicked off a sold out event Friday night, with proceeds to benefit Run for Rocky, a local charity to assist gay-straight alliances in high schools and post-secondary schools.

Jennifer Pomerleau and Sarah Taylor both teamed up last year, gathering all of their contacts as wedding vendors to make the event happen. After raising $5,000 for Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre through a project called Art and Survival, the team decided to continue the hit event.

“We just want to bring awareness to the project as well as raise some money to help them get to their goals,” said Pomerleau. “Next year in 2015 we will be celebrating the Sunshine Foundation. Every year we will keep going, and every year we change the charity.”

The event all started with Taylor, who said she had this dream for about eight years before she finally decided last year to just get up and do it. This year’s event is sponsoring Run for Rocky which is a new charity that, Taylor said needed some more awareness and this way their way of making that happen.

“I kind of just wanted to do something where our brides could wear their wedding gowns again,” said Taylor. “We could put on an event where we could raise some money for some local charities that need a little extra help.”

Taylor said the entire event was created to mirror a wedding, minus the ceremony. A bunch of brides, grooms, bridesmaids, mother’s of the brides all coming together in an intimate setting with a plated meal and entertainment. The goal is to keep it simple, but continue to make it a sell out event each year.

Melanie Deveau co-hosted the event, which according to her was an absolute honor because not only does it benefit Run for Rocky, but Run for Rocky benefits Windsor Pride Community where she sits as a member on the board of directors. She said the event was “double-fun” for her.

“I think it’s fantastic, it’s so gorgeous and I think everybody just feels so special and, well, frilly,” said Deveau. “I’m a jeans and t-shirt girl, and barefoot most of the time so to wear four inch heels…I think I’m tattoo Barbie, that’s what I’m calling myself tonight and I love it.”

The event went out with a bang, with many different sponsors and attendees making it an overall success.

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