Brides Against Breast Cancer (BABC) has announced that noted singer and songwriter Margo Rey has been named volunteer ambassador for the national non-profit organization.
Her hit, “Let the Rain,” a top 20 Billboard charting song, will become the theme song for a new BABC nationwide campaign.
“From my perspective as a breast cancer warrior now undergoing chemotherapy, I believe that education and personal support are just as critical as prompt medical treatment,” said Margo Rey. “It is my pleasure to join Brides Against Breast Cancer to raise awareness and help ensure that no one ever has to face cancer alone.”
In her role as ambassador, Margo Rey will visit select cities where Brides Against Breast Cancer holds its “Original Nationwide Tour of Gowns” bridal shows, which raise money for education, information and outreach services to cancer patients and their families. She is also looking forward to becoming a bride herself, planning a fall wedding to her partner for the last five years, famous comedian and actor Ron “Tater Salad” White.
“Margo Rey’s cancer journey will offer inspiration to so many people,” said Carl Ritter, chief executive officer for the Sarasota-based nonprofit. “She will spread hope and courage to thousands of families affected by cancer in her role as Ambassador.”
Rey’s alternative pop songs have captured a worldwide audience with their unforgettable melodies, groove oriented arrangements and enduring, socially conscious lyrics. Her biggest hit, “Let the Rain” – co-written with the legendary John Oates – remained on the charts for 21 weeks. Rey’s newest single, “Tempted,” is presently in the Top 40 charts and currently being played on dozens of radio stations across the United States.
A native of Mexico, Margo Rey is fluent in English and Spanish and holds good conversational skills in French and Italian. She was raised in the Dallas area, where she began performing at the age of 11. She has sung in eight languages and in many countries. A singer, songwriter and a dancer, Rey has been a vocalist in pop groups and TV commercials, and was voice-over talent in the 2008 animated movie “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” and has toured with New York City Broadway shows.
In keeping with Rey’s volunteer leadership, BABC is kicking off a new campaign this summer called simply, “I Do!” As Amy Paulishak, vice president, said, “Those two words from all our future brides describe the response we hope to hear when we ask people to support our program, from donating funds, to performing self-breast exams and helping family members and friends facing this disease.”
This year, Brides Against Breast Cancer will host more than 120 bridal shows nationwide, and will contribute 2 million dollars to support free programs and services to help people impacted by cancer. In addition, the nonprofit will distribute thousands of breast self-examination cards.
Brides Against Breast Cancer sells all brands of new designer and gently worn wedding gowns, with an average offering of nearly 1,000 dresses at each show. Gowns are available in sizes from 0 to 24, and layaway is available. Gown prices start at $99 and range upwards to new name brand and couture gowns valued at $3,900 or more.
“Our organization makes it possible for future brides around the country to purchase wedding gowns at dramatic savings, as well as donate their own gowns,” said Paulishak. “If you have already said, ‘I do,’ and want to donate your gown, a charitable tax deduction is available.”
For more information on Brides Against Breast Cancer, visit www.bridesabc.org or call 1-877-721-HOPE.