Taking Care of Our Communities: New Store Opening Galas

Giving back before the shopping begins.
The months and weeks leading up to the opening of a new Nordstrom store are busy and exciting. Though we're counting down to the moment we open our doors and start serving customers, there's another important event that takes place just a few days before: our opening gala. These galas have become a special tradition for us—they're a chance for us to give back to the communities that do so much to support us. The galas are also an opportunity for our customers to get a sneak peek of the store while enjoying a night of food, fashion, music and (of course) shopping.
 
Because we underwrite the entire cost of the gala, 100% of ticket sales are directed to selected nonprofit beneficiaries. To choose which beneficiaries we'll partner with for the event, our Charitable Giving and Events Marketing teams visit each community several months in advance to meet with nonprofits in the area.
 
"The visits are a great opportunity for us to learn more about the greatest needs of the community we're going to be serving and identify ways we can help address those needs," said Terri Baldwin, director of Nordstrom Charitable Giving. "It's also a time for us to share a little bit more about our approach to giving, our commitment to our communities and our store opening plans."
 
This fall, we were fortunate to be able to host four galas for new store openings in Vancouver, British ColumbiaMinnetonka, MinnesotaTorrance, California; and Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. In total, these events raised nearly $1 million for local nonprofits. 
 
Here are a few highlights:
 
Nordstrom Pacific Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia
To celebrate our third store in Canada, we hosted a sold-out gala that contributed $420,000 to three extremely deserving charities: BC Children's HospitalBC Women's Hospital + Health Centre and Covenant House Vancouver, which provides shelter for homeless youth in Vancouver.
Nordstrom Ridgedale store in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Nordstrom Ridgedale

Minnetonka, Minnesota

We said hello to the Twin Cities by raising $200,000 for Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and PACER Center, an organization focused on educational rights for children with disabilities.



Nordstrom Del Amo Fashion Center

Torrance, California

Though our new store at the Del Amo Fashion Center is a relocation of our Redondo Beach store, we still used the opening as an opportunity to support two great organizations: the Peninsula Committee Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Walk With Sally, a group that provides resources to the children of cancer patients. More than 1,500 customers joined us to help donate $159,250. 



Nordstrom Mayfair

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

We were excited to partner with women's volunteer organization The Links, Incorporated, Cream City and Milwaukee Chapters; Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin; and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County for our final gala of the year. The event, which included our first-ever gala after-party, was able to give nearly $200,000 to the nonprofits.

Nordstrom new store galas.