Nordstrom to host charity gala for its Vancouver flagship

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Nordstrom will host a charity gala for the opening of its Vancouver flagship, as it does with its new US locations. Its Vancouver gala will be held in September of 2015, a couple of days prior to the store’s public grand opening.

Nordstrom’s first Canadian store opens in Calgary in September, and all 1,800 of its opening gala tickets sold out in less than two weeks. Priced at $100 each, Nordstrom’s Calgary gala will benefit the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, as well as the Calgary United Way. The entire cost of the gala is underwritten by Nordstrom, meaning that all proceeds from ticket sales go to these charities. Being that 1,800 tickets were sold, over $180,000 will be going directly to charity. There’s no word yet how many tickets will be available for Vancouver’s opening gala.

Over the years, Nordstrom’s store opening galas have raised millions for various charities. Many galas raise in excess of $100,000 and some, considerably more. The 2008 gala for the opening of Nordstrom’s Aventura Mall store in Miami, for example, raised more than $212,000 from its over 1,700 attendees. It will be interesting to see if Vancouver’s gala surpasses these numbers.

Tickets to Vancouver’s charity gala will go on sale early next summer. We’re letting you know early, as we think it will sell out very quickly.

We’ll update you when we learn more details on Nordstrom’s Vancouver store opening.

 

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