Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour Forms Partnership with the DRIF

Saks Fifth Avenue forms local partnerships nationwide

Bal Harbour – January 30, 2012 — This February, Saks Fifth Avenue will give 5% of all registered purchases made with a Saks Fifth Avenue credit card back to charity.  The donations will benefit certain local organizations, keeping support within each Saks Fifth Avenue store’s immediate community. The Diabetes Research Institute is one of the beneficiaries for the Bal Harbour location.

“Saks Fifth Avenue is committed to our local communities.  We appreciate our customers’ charitable involvement and look forward to giving back locally with this exciting and newly implemented national program,” Steve Sadove, chairman and CEO, Saks Incorporated, said.

Customers may select which local charity from Saks Fifth Avenue’s roster they wish to allocate their 5% contribution. Registration is one simple step at point of sale linking the customer account with their chosen charity.

Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour has partnered with the following charities from February 1 to 29, 2012:

Diabetes Research Institute via the Love and Hope Ball

The Diabetes Research Institute leads the world in cure-focused research, pioneering new cell-based therapies to restore natural insulin production in those with diabetes.

The Love and Hope Ball is celebrating its 38th anniversary on Saturday, February 18, 2012.  Attracting South Florida’s most philanthropic families, celebrities and more, this extraordinary black-tie gala will feature a performance by music legend, Barry Gibb, who serves as the group’s International Chairman, along with his wife, Linda.       

Miami Science Museum

For more than 60 years, the Miami Science Museum has been enriching the lives of locals and tourist.  In 2015, the legacy continues with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, a new world-class, state-of-the-art facility that will open in the heart of downtown Miami.

The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis

The Buoniconti fund to cure paralysis is committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and seeing millions walk again. This is the fundraising arm for the Miami Project to cure paralysis. 

The Consequences Foundation and The Black’s Annual Gala

The Consequences Foundation was founded by local socialite and philanthropist Lea Black. The mission of the foundation is to provide educational resources and experiences for at-risk youth that include scholarships, vocational training, camps, workshops and after school activities that are focus on life-skills. will also be supporting the program, with 5% of online purchases made using a registered Saks credit card, being donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour
9700 Collins Avenue
Bal Harbour, Florida
Store hours: Monday through Saturday 10 to 9 pm – Sunday Noon to 7 pm

About Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s preeminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, , jewelry. cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. Today, Saks operates 46 full-line stores in 22 states, 2 licensed stores in the Middle East and 2 licensed stores in Mexico City, 61 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and, the company’s online store.

About the Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation

The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) is the organization of choice for those who are serious, passionate and committed to curing diabetes. Its mission is to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now.  The Diabetes Research Institute leads the world in cure-focused research. As the largest and most comprehensive research center dedicated to curing diabetes, the DRI is aggressively working to shrink the timeline toward the discovery of a biological cure for this disease.  Having already shown that diabetes can be reversed through islet transplantation, the DRI is building upon these promising outcomes by bridging cell-based therapies with emerging technologies. The Diabetes Research Institute was created for one reason – to cure diabetes – which is and will continue to be its singular focus until that goal is reached. For the millions of people affected by diabetes, the DRI is the best hope for a cure.


Media Contact:

Lucrezia Di Persia
Saks Fifth Avenue
305-8651100, ext. 5216
Lauren Schreier
Diabetes Research Institute Foundation

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