A small business woman does her part to give back to those who have given so much during the pandemic.

NAPERVILLE, IL – The owner of a bridal shop in Naperville, Illinois gives a big surprise to some lucky frontline staff to help them through their big days.

Sue Cerulli, who owns Bri’Zan Couture, gives something back to those who have already given so much over the past difficult year.

Cerulli is giving away 26 clothes – free of charge – to the front lines and important employees throughout March. In this way it celebrates the 13th year of its business.

“They looked after us during the pandemic and I wanted to take care of them,” Cerulli said.

Bri’Zan was closed for four months last year. Nonetheless, Cerulli wanted to give something back.

“I’m grateful that I can help,” she said. “I am grateful that we are still open and that we are a small company.”

There are 150 preselected brand new dresses priced between $ 1,500 and $ 3,500. The brides are selected in a lottery.

“I wanted to bring back some kind of love, happiness and joy and a bit of shine,” said Cerulli.

Veronica Drase is a hospice social worker and one of the recipients of a free dress.

“I don’t have the words to express how grateful I am for this. I’m speechless,” said Drase.

Drase plans a wedding in October, but as things return to normal, seller prices skyrocket, making the dress even more special.

After a year of unpredictability, devastation, and sometimes sadness, Drase looks forward to celebrating love and absorbing that brief moment when things feel a little normal again.

Cerulli said the giveaway isn’t just for healthcare workers. It includes all the key employees like grocery store cashiers, custodians, and even truck drivers.

More information on adding to the lottery can be found here.


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