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Ever feel like there's not enough good news in the news?  Me too.  That's why when I got this press release about a local charitable organization pitching in to give one deserving couple a wedding, I thought that everyone involved should get a shout out: the couple as well as the businesses that are helping out.  So here goes:

Last Sunday, a group of North Shore small business owners awarded a deserving couple with a free wedding. The founders of Reason To Give, including the owners of Bella Sera Bridal, Natasha Bansfield Events and Bee Custom Designs, along with the owners of Flou(e)r and Creative Sparks Imagery ambushed the lucky couple, Jay LaValley, 26 and Ashley Grimes, 24 on Valentine’s Day at the Grimes-family-home in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

The winning couple’s application “stood out from the rest. This couple is ridiculously in love and really deserves this wedding,” says Lisa Almeida, co-owner of Bella Sera Bridal in Danvers. Unfortunate events interrupted the lives of Jay and Ashley over the past year. The brain tumor diagnosis Jay received in September 2009, and the overwhelming amount of medical debt that followed, are just two of the issues they faced together. “The couple has endured so much. Until now, they put their wedding plans on hold to deal with everything life threw at them. The Reason to Give founders united to create a life changing event for a deserving couple; Jay and Ashley could not be more worthy of this gift,” says Almeida.

When the call-for-vendors was put out to North Shore small businesses in 2009, there was an overwhelming response. “It was truly inspiring to see how many people wanted to be a part of this very special event, for a very special couple” says Nicholson.

The happy pair will wed on November 6, 2010 at the Groveland Fairways in Groveland, MA.

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1 Response to "Reason to Give Helps One Local Couple"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    nice post. thanks.

    Posted on 3/10/10, 1:11 PM


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