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Town Square Las Vegas and 20th Century Fox host "Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride" Dress Drive



Jacqueline MonahanTown Square Las Vegas and 20th Century Fox host "Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride" Dress Drive

Jacqueline Monahan

Jacqueline Monahan is an English tutor for the GEAR UP program at UNLV. She is also a consultant for Columbia College Chicago in Adjunct Faculty Affairs.

If you were around Town Square on the evening of Tuesday, January 8th, you may have gotten the feeling that you were transported back to prom night; either that, or a very eclectic wedding. Hosted by Town Square Las Vegas, and 20th Century Fox, the “Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride dress drive took place outside of Rave Motion Pictures and continued at Louis’s Fish Camp. Attendees walked a red carpet which ran between the two venues.

Dress donations began from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in front of Rave Motion Pictures, where gowns were collected to benefit the Las Vegas Prom Closet, a not-for-profit organization that distributes gently used prom attire to disadvantaged young women and provides financial assistance for tuxedo rentals, hair and make-up design, and dinner/entertainment options. These items are provided at no charge to the recipients.

A donation station was set up with several dress racks, already filled with gowns of every color, shape, size, and length. The dress drive continued its run through January 14 with a drop off location at Michael Stars, a Town Square Las Vegas retail shop. Dress donors received a free Michael Stars tee.

Mannequins displayed four of the dresses worn by Katherine Heigl in the new motion picture 27 Dresses. Opening on January 18th, the film features Heigl as a perpetual bridesmaid (guess how many times) who suffers a meltdown when younger sister (Malin Akerman) pursues and romantically captures her boss – the man she herself has always been secretly in love with. Guests attended an advance screening of the film later in the evening.

At the sponsored champagne reception held at Cajun-themed Louis’s Fish Camp, the first 27 ladies to arrive wearing a bridesmaid dress took home exclusive "27 Dresses" prize packs and were entered to win a $250 shopping spree at Town Square Las Vegas. Gift bags for these brave ladies included hand cream, skin care products, a pink 27 Dresses long sleeve zippered top, dress-shaped paper clips and memo pads, and a separate pink yoga mat (inside its own special carrier).

Bridesmaid and prom gowns, in shades of red, black, pink and copper, intermingled with Louis’s Fish Camp patrons in jeans and casual attire. Adorned with crystals and appliqués, fabrics ranged from cotton to tulle to taffeta and silk. There were tiny minis and floor-length formals. My own ghastly ensemble was a deep copper taffeta with a black beaded bodice (I can hear the shriek rising in your throat).

Aside from champagne, featured drinks included bottles of Peroni Beer and a delightful yet diabolical creation called a Prom Dress (pineapple juice, cranberry juice, vodka, Triple Sec and brandy). Tasting like juice, but extremely potent, a Prom Dress can definitely sneak up on you. Your intrepid yet humble correspondent went forth into that good night in 3 ½ inch heels after drinking one pretty pink Prom Dress in addition to one flute of moderately sweet champagne. Normally I’m a teetotaler, but remember what I was wearing. You’d throw back a few, too.

Passed hors d'oeuvres included Lobster Hushpuppies with Lemon Tartar Sauce, Fried Oyster/Bacon Bites with Horseradish Sauce, Smoked Andouille Sausage on Toast Rounds, Pickled Shrimp Cocktail, and tiny Fingerling Potato Cups filled with sour cream and caviar. I secretly coveted the house specialty, Flash Fried Alligator (tastes like chicken) but settled for several jumbo green olives from the bar; maybe next time, when I’m dressed more suitably for the bayou.

Tables and booths held complimentary boxes of (sponsor) Peroni bottle tags, used to differentiate beer bottles at parties so you don’t share anyone else’s germs, as well as tins of Peroni mints, in case you do.

The $250 Town Square shopping spree winner was announced at 7:15 p.m. You had to be present to win, and raffle tickets were only held by women in formalwear. Standing only a few feet away from me in a long red satin gown and cascading dark hair, winner Meagan Sharrer claimed her gift card, good anywhere in Town Square retail shops.

Meagan Sharrer

After a final red carpet walk to the 8:00 p.m. advance screening of 27 Dresses at Rave Motion Pictures, event attendees were seated in three VIP rows cordoned off for the occasion. The mood was jovial to the point of a smuggled champagne bottle being passed around, your humble correspondent declining a swig due to an excess application of lip gloss. Hey, a bad hair day, a hideous ensemble, and a previously acquired buzz convinced me that I needed to hang onto my shiny lips and avoid looking any more questionable than I already did.


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