Monday, October 22, 2007

Shop to Save (Because Saving $$$ is Good but Saving Lives is Best)

Saks' Holiday Catalog Helps Save Sick Kids at St. Jude's

All I want for Christmas is for someone to Saks it to me! (Please? it'll help ensure medical treatment for a child with a serious illness regardless of his or her family's ability to pay. Plus, I'll be your friend for always. I Promise.) In its first holiday catalog, " Snow or Never," the luxury retailer is offering five exclusive and extravagant gift packages. Available for purchase today, the gifts are based on the fantasies or career hopes of St. Jude's children, as expressed in their artwork, and partial proceeds will be donated to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Now, friends, here are your choices (I don't mind if I don't get #2 or #5:

A Driver's Dream- Own the new Mercedes-Benz SLR Roadster Convertible. Plus, fly to Monaco for the '08 Formula One race and for private lessons at the Circuit Paul Richard Racetrack in Provence, France. Includes flights and VIP accommodations. Cost:$520,000 of which $10,000 will be donated to St. Jude's.

The Rock Star Life- Sit front row at the kickoff concert for Matchbox Twenty's US tour. In addition to meeting the Grammy-winning group and taking home an autographed guitar, you'll get three nights of first-class accommodations and flights for two. Cost: $25,000, of which $5,000 will go to St. Jude's.

Sun, Sea and Spices- Visit Bora Bora and go deep sea fishing with, and enjoy a VIP dinner prepared by world-renowned chef, Jean Georges Vongerichten. Also, enjoy a private tour of Robert Wan's Black Pearl Museum. The $115,000 for this package, of which $5,000 will go to St. Jude's, includes first class airfare for 2 and a night in Tahiti at the luxurious St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora.

Fairytale Weekend- Experience a once-in-a-lifetime weekend in NYC, where you'll dine at the Gramercy Tavern and shop at Saks Fifth Avenue before the store opens. Plus, create a customized ring with Temple St. Claire and formulate your own fragrance with Laurice Rahme, Founder of Bond No. 9. (Didn't they just do a Saks scent?) You and a friend will also fly first class and stay in a suite for two at the Plaza hotel for $60,000, of which $5,000 will go to St. Jude's.

The World in Your Hands- Choose lanmarks, music and figures to customize Saks' musical snow globe. You'll receive 5 to share with friends and family. This is the least expensive option at $3,000, of which $1,ooo will be donated to St. Jude's.

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