The fourth annual gathering, hosted by Coosa Valley Medical Center in Sylacauga, is already sold out, though a waiting list is available.
The excitement is in large part thanks to this year’s speaker, Lori Burns Allen, a featured personality on the TLC reality shows “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” and “Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids.”
“We are so blessed to be able to bring someone like her that has experienced a health care journey,” said chief business development officer Vanessa Green. “It’s definitely going to be a girls’ night. We’ve had an overwhelming response.”
Allen is owner of bridals by lori, one of the largest full-service bridal salons in the nation. She opened her bridal salon 32 years ago, just two weeks after graduating from college, with an inventory of 50 dresses. Now with 650,000 gowns sold, it offers more than 1,000 dresses ranging in price from $1,500 to $20,000 by 15 designers.
In 2012, Allen shared her personal battle with breast cancer in a TLC special “Say Yes to the Cure: Lori’s Fight” that garnered unprecedented response from viewers. She will share that same narrative with more than 400 guests at the Women’s Health event.
Of her experience, Allen says that no one was more shocked than her, as she has always made an effort to take care of herself.
“It took me a while to get to where I could even tell people, because I did not want anyone to feel sorry for me, and I never want to come across as weak,” she said. “…I had to learn that sometimes you’re not always in control. And sometimes you have to rely on your faith and the people around you to get you through these times.”
Marketing coordinator Lindsay Johns said Allen will “bring an interesting story about breast cancer. She is very spunky and comical, and she’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The event will begin at J. Craig Smith Community Center at 5 p.m. with a health fair and high-heel reception. The fair will offer information and routine checks for issues including blood pressure, body mass index, heart health, mammography, OB/GYN, sleep studies, and a wealth of other health services. Much of CVMC’s medical staff will be on hand as well.
“We’re extremely excited again this year to promote fitness, wellness and health at this event,” Green said. “Both the men’s and women’s health events fit perfectly into our initiative to promote a wellness culture that we have really centered a lot of energy around over the last several years.”
The fair and reception will be followed with dinner catered by Hickory Street Café and Allen’s speech. Allen will be available for autographs afteward.
Tickets are $15 each and those on the waiting list will be contacted if any become available. For more information, call 256-401-4070.
Contact Emily McLain at firstname.lastname@example.org.