Get ahead on your holiday shopping and help raise money for community projects at the 2012 Junior League Shop Save & Share event, which begins Oct. 24 and runs through Nov. 4.
The Outlet Shops of Grand River will host a Sip and Savor kickoff party for the fundraiser Oct. 25 from 6-9 p.m. The event is open to the public with the purchase of a Shop, Save and Share card.
Fashion shows will feature the latest in fall fashions showcasing stores from the Outlet Shops of Grand River. There will also be several food demonstrations, including one by Chef Randall Baldwin of Dyron’s Low Country featuring Alabama-grown fall produce as well as appetizers and drinks for attendees.
This is the seventh year for the event, which raised more than $70,000 last year and more than $225,000 for the community since it began.
During the event, cardholders get a 20 percent shopping discount at retailers and restaurants and on services throughout the Birmingham area, including Pepper Place, Trussville, Mountain Brook, Homewood, Vestavia, Hoover, the U.S. 280 corridor, Alabaster and online vendors. The SSS cards cost $40 each.
“This fundraiser is really a win-win for everyone,” said Valerie Ramsbacher, president of the Junior League of Birmingham. “The League raises money that supports over 35 community projects. Card buyers receive discounts from their favorite retailers and restaurants, who in turn benefit from sales related to the Shop Save & Share card.”
Susan Day, co-owner of the Lili Pad, said the event gives business owners a chance to support the Junior League of Birmingham.
“It provides great savings for our customers on their favorite clothes and gifts for their children and grandchildren,” Day said. “And as a business we always see an exciting boost in sales during SSS. It really is a wonderful opportunity for everyone. We look forward to it every year.”
Some of the participating businesses include: Belk, Blackjack Gardens, Inc., centuries, Chickadee, Kicks Shoes for Kids, Learning Express Toys, LOFT at the Summit, Mommy and Me Time Fitness, Monograms Plus, Pinkberry, Table Matters, the Lili Pad, the Blue Willow, Village Dermatology and participating retailers at the Outlet Shops of Grand River.
“We are extremely proud that the Outlet Shops of Grand River is the title sponsor of the SSS fundraiser for the third consecutive year,” said Amanda Saint, fundraiser chairman. “We are also thrilled to welcome LOFT as a new sponsor this year.”