Purchase with a Purpose

This Sunday, November 6, 2011 from 7 pm to 10 pm, the South Hill Mall in Puyallup will host an exclusive shopping event for those who purchase a $10 ticket. 100% of the ticket proceeds support causes such as: World Concern, Puyallup Food Bank, American Heart Association, and our local military installation through AFSA (Air Force Sergeants Association) and AUSA (Association of the United States Army). Tickets to the event are available in advance from these organizations or at the door on the evening of the event.

Attendees will be able to shop, receive merchant discounts, and be registered to win vacation prizes such as, a Clipper vacation, a holiday weekend in Leavenworth, and much more. There will also be a complimentary photo opportunity in front of the South Hill Mall’s 30-foot Christmas tree. Entertainment will include a performance from Spirit 105.3’s Local Music Project winner which will be complimented by holiday performances by local dance teams from Dance Explosion and Champion Center’s production of Scrooge.

According to the “Great Deals, Great Entertainment for Great Causes” press release for the “Purchase with a Purpose” event, the South Hill Mall has been providing retail resources to the residents of the Puyallup/Tacoma area since 1988. Located at 3500 S. Meridian Street in Puyallup, Washington, the mall consists of over one million square feet, with the following major stores: Macy’s, Sears, JC Penney, Regal Cinemas, and Target. The South Hill Mall has 120 other specialty stores.

The South Hill Mall is owned and managed in association with Cafaro affiliated companies, based in Youngstown, Ohio. Cafaro is one of the nation’s largest privately held shopping centers developers, which owns and oversees more than 30 million square feet of commercial real estate in 11 states. The firm is now celebrating over 60 years as a family owned and managed business; founded by the late William M. Cafaro in the 1940’s. For more information, please visit: www.cafarocompany.com (“Great Deals, Great Entertainment for Great Causes” press release for the “Purchase with a Purpose” event).

Angela Heath, marketing director at the South Hill Mall, explained details of this specific event, “We had the event in 2007 and 2008, however, this is the first year with the format of partnering with just five charities.  I changed it up a bit to differentiate it from the Night of Giving that the SuperMall does.  In partnering with these charities, they each received a $10,000 fundraising opportunity – we’re hoping they reach the final stretch of their goal with ticket sales at the door.  We also raised the ticket price just a bit and gave ticket holders more of a reason to attend the event, enjoying shopping, entertainment, and door prizes.”

When asked what she thinks of the event, Angela replied, “We have all the ingredients for a spectacular event.” Angela feels the best thing about the event, “The charitable aspect. It was such a privilege/honor to be able to give them this kind of fundraising opportunity.”

Angela will be at the Purchase with a Purpose event, she recommends anyone to attend the event, and also recommends her family and friends to attend as well. Interested individuals can visit: www.southhillmall.com or call: 253 840-2828 for more information about the event.

By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com