NORDSTROM ANNOUNCES SIX BENEFICiaRies FOR CF TORONTO EATON CENTRE AND YORKDALE SHOPPING CENTRE STORE OPENING GALAS THIS FALL

SEATTLE, Mar. 28, 2016 – Nordstrom, Inc., a leading fashion retailer based in the U.S. announced today that it will celebrate the opening of its CF Toronto Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Shopping Centre stores in Toronto with two galas to benefit Covenant House Toronto, Humber River Hospital Foundation, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario POGO, SickKids Foundation, St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation and Women’s College Hospital Foundation. The CF Toronto Eaton Centre gala will take place on Wednesday, September 14 and the Yorkdale Shopping Centre gala will take place on Wednesday, October 19. Nordstrom CF Toronto Eaton Centre officially opens on Friday, September 16 and Nordstrom Yorkdale Centre opens on Friday, October 21.

Gala attendees will be among the first to preview the new stores, while enjoying cocktails, gourmet delights, desserts, live entertainment, fashion presentations and the opportunity to shop. The Nordstrom CF Toronto Eaton Centre gala will also include a tented runway fashion show. Nordstrom will underwrite each event and 100 percent of ticket sales will directly benefit the organizations. Tickets are $150 per person for each gala and will go on sale on June 22.

“Giving back to the communities where we have stores is very important to us, even before we open our doors for business,” said Todd Buntin, Nordstrom CF Toronto Eaton Centre store manager. “We’re proud to partner on our signature opening events with these six impressive organizations that touch the lives of so many people here in Toronto.”

“We invite everyone to join us for our opening galas and together we can support the community and celebrate fashion in two wonderful evenings,” said Brynn Herthel, Nordstrom Yorkdale Shopping Centre store manager.

As Canada's largest homeless youth agency, Covenant House Toronto changes lives by providing the widest range of services and support under one roof. They serve as many as 250 youth daily every year through their 24/7 crisis shelter, transitional housing on-site and in the community as well as their comprehensive services, including education, counselling, health care, employment assistance, job training and aftercare. Covenant House educates and advocates for change to help at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth by influencing public policy and delivering prevention and awareness programs. Over the past 34 years, Covenant House has served more than 90,000 young people.

“We are privileged to be included as a charity partner with a leading retailer like Nordstrom,” said Covenant House Toronto Executive Director Bruce Rivers. “We are most grateful for this opportunity to raise both awareness and funds in support of our work with homeless youth.

For more, contact:

Rose Cino
Communications Manager
416 204-7081 cino@covenanthouse.ca

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