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Delaware Opening Enriches Youth Causes
We see each new store opening as a cause for celebration. In addition to being an opportunity for fashion lovers to enjoy a new shopping destination, our pre-opening gala gives us the ability to give back to the community before the shopping begins.
On April 6, just prior to opening our first Delaware store at Christiana Mall in Newark, Del., more than 1,600 guests attended a sold-out gala to benefit three nonprofits: Delaware Art Museum, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and The Wilmington, Delaware Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.
Guests were among the first to preview the new Nordstrom store while enjoying food, drink and live music. The festive gala raised $123,000 for the three organizations, which will help support student art access, pediatric trauma care and minority mentoring programs in the local communities.
Access to art
The Delaware Art Museum will apply the proceeds from the gala to its Red Apple Fund for Student Enrichment, which helps make the Delaware Art Museum and its programs accessible to all students and youth. The Fund underwrites Museum admission and tour fees, program costs, and bus transportation for school and community groups from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The fund also allows the Museum to award scholarships so children and teens can enroll in Studio Art Classes, home school programs and seasonal art camps.
Transport for trauma patients
The Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children will leverage gala funds to support its Trauma/Transport program. Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death in children, taking more lives than all diseases combined. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is Delaware's only Level II Pediatric Trauma Center and has a Pediatric Specialized Critical Care Transport Team, treating nearly 900 serious injuries each year.
A boost to self esteem
Gala proceeds will allow The Wilmington, Delaware Chapter of The Links, Incorporated to enhance the education programs of its Services to Youth mentoring program. The curriculum includes The Achievers, a six-month program for African American male youth designed to help develop self-confidence, self-respect and pride; Serviam Girls Academy, a program designed to empower young girls of diverse backgrounds to become agents of transformation; and It's All About Me!, a program to positively impact young adjudicated girls whose lives are in transition.
"We were very fortunate to have such committed charity partners with strong support in our community," said Terisha Johnson, store manager for Nordstrom Christiana Mall. "We exceeded our RSVP goal and completely sold out of tickets. As a result, we were able to contribute thousands of dollars more than expected to our beneficiaries, which made the evening exceptionally rewarding."
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