NEW YORK, Oct. 22 Today Saks Fifth Avenue announced thatit has created five exclusive, over-the-top luxury gifts available forpurchase beginning October 22. A portion of each gift sold will be donated toSt. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Each extravagant gift was inspired by the kids of St. Jude. SaksAssociates visited the hospital last summer carrying crayons, magazineclippings, paper and paste, and asked the children to create drawings andcollages that reflect their hopes and dreams. Each of the five gifts embodiesthe come-to-life fantasy gift, vacation or future career of a St. Jude childas depicted in their artwork.
A detailed description of each gift is presented in Saks' first holidaycatalog, Snow or Never, which will arrive in homes this month.
About Thanks and Giving(R) and St. Jude:
Now in its fourth year, Thanks and Giving asks customers to "Give thanksfor the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not." This uniquenational campaign raises funds and awareness for St. Jude Children's ResearchHospital to help save children's lives in communities everywhere. St. Jude wasfounded by entertainer Danny Thomas and is the world's epicenter of childhoodcatastrophic disease treatment and research. No child is ever turned awaybecause of a family's inability to pay. St. Jude pays for all costs oftreatment, travel, food, and lodging for patients and one family member. Inaddition, 85 cents of each dollar St. Jude receives goes directly to researchand treatment.
About Saks Fifth Avenue:
Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world's pre-eminent specialty retailers, isrenowned for its superlative American and international designer collections,its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and homefurnishings, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client serviceof its Associates. Today, Saks operates 54 full-line stores in 25 states, 2licensed stores in the Middle East in Dubai and Riyadh, 49 Saks Fifth AvenueOFF 5TH stores and saks.com, the company's online store.* A Driver's Dream. Own the first-ever SLR Mercedes-Benz Roadster Convertible. You'll fly to Monaco for the 2008 Formula One race and take private lessons from the pros at the Circuit Paul Richard Racetrack in Provence, France. VIP accommodations and flights included. Cost: $520,000, of which $10,000 will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. * Live the Rock Star Life. Enjoy front row seats at the kickoff concert of Matchbox Twenty's US tour. You'll have the chance to meet Grammy- winning singer Rob Thomas and his band, and you'll get an autographed guitar to take home. Three nights of first-class accommodations and flights for two people included. Cost: $25,000, of which $5,000 will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. * Sun, Sea, and Spices. Travel to Bora Bora and go on a deep sea fishing adventure with world-renowned chef Jean Georges Vongerichten, who will then prepare a VIP dinner at his Lagoon Restaurant. You will also get a private tour of Robert Wan's Black Pearl Museum. First class airfare for two people, a night in Tahiti and deluxe accommodations at the luxurious St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora all included. Cost: $115,000, of which $5,000 will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. * Fairytale Weekend. Have a weekend in New York City like no other. Create a customized ring with jewelry designer Temple St. Clair and formulate your very own fragrances for him and her with Bond No. 9 founder Laurice Rahme. You'll also dine at Gramercy Tavern and go on a private shopping spree at Saks Fifth Avenue before the store opens. First class airfare and a suite for two at the famed Plaza Hotel all included. Cost: $60,000, of which $5,000