Nordstrom Announces Beneficiaries for Aventura Opening Gala
Evening to Benefit Junior League of Miami, The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis/The Miami Project at the University of Miami, and University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Nordstrom, Inc., one of the nation’s leading fashion specialty retailers, will kick off the opening of its third Miami-area store with an evening gala on Wednesday, February 13, 2008. The party is expected to raise more than $300,000 for the Junior League of Miami, The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis/The Miami Project at the University of Miami, and the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Nordstrom Aventura Mall opens on Friday, February 15, 2008.
Guests at the gala will enjoy lavish hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dinner and desserts, live entertainment and the opportunity to do some “sneak preview” shopping in the new 165,000-square-foot specialty store. The highlight of the evening will be a theatrical runway fashion show featuring spring designer collections in a tent adjacent to the store. Doors open for the party at 7 p.m.
The event, entirely underwritten by Nordstrom, will help raise funds for the signature projects of the Junior League of Miami, The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis/The Miami Project at the University of Miami, and the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The Junior League of Miami, founded in 1926, is an organization of more than 1,000 women sharing a common vision to empower Miami’s women, children, and families to conquer tomorrow’s challenges and to build a community. Funds raised through the event will help support the mission of the Junior League of Miami to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
“The League is honored to be associated with a charitable corporation such as Nordstrom,” said Lauren Harrison Genovese, president of Junior League. “We look forward to celebrating the opening of this magnificent store and using the proceeds from the event to help women and children in need in Miami-Dade through Junior League’s projects and programs.”
In 1985, Barth A. Green, M.D., and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, The Miami Project is the world’s largest, most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center based at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury, the Buoniconti family established The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis in 1992, a non-profit organization devoted to assisting The Miami Project achieve its goals. The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis is embarking in the most exciting study in its 22-year history. Funds raised from the gala will be used to initiate their first-ever transplantation clinical trials in humans. The study has potential to affect millions worldwide living with paralysis and suffering from spinal cord injuries.
“We are thrilled to be the beneficiary of Nordstrom’s support in the South Florida community with the grand opening of their new store along with Junior League of Miami and University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center,” said Marc Buoniconti, president of the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. “Nordstrom’s support of our signature project will help us get one step closer to our goal of finding a cure for paralysis. Hopefully the entire community will join us at the Nordstrom opening party for a wonderful evening in support of some very worthwhile causes.”
Since its inception as a dedicated, comprehensive cancer center in 1992, the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has led the fight against cancer. As South Florida’s only university-based cancer center, UM/Sylvester is an integral part of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and works diligently to reduce the human burden from cancer in research, education, prevention, and delivery of the highest quality patient care. Funds raised will be used to conduct ground-breaking research, resulting in better outcomes for the community. Their goal is to reach a day when cancer is no longer a life-threatening illness.
“It takes a community to build a world-class comprehensive cancer center,” said UM/Sylvester Director W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., F.A.C.S. “We are grateful for Nordstrom’s corporate and civic leadership in helping create a world-class community in yet another way.”
Gala co-chairs for the event are Pennie and Gary Abramson, Marc A. Buoniconti, Nick Buoniconti, Barth A Green, M.D., and Erin Knight. Tickets for the opening gala are $125 per person. For ticket information, call (305) 243-8100.
Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading fashion specialty retailers, with 157 stores located in 28 states. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 101 full-line stores, 51 Nordstrom Racks, two Jeffrey boutiques, one freestanding shoe store and two clearance stores. Nordstrom also serves customers through its online presence at http://www.nordstrom.com and through its catalogs. Nordstrom, Inc. is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.