Bloomingdale's Gala Benefits UCSF Children's Hospital

August 31, 2006
News Office: Phyllis Brown (415) 502-6397

Feeling guilty over buying stiletto heels or silk ties instead of giving to a worthy cause? Here’s a way to shop-'til-you-drop while making the world a better place.

Attend the Grand Opening Gala of the new Bloomingdale's store in the Westfield San Francisco Centre on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The fundraising event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. The store will open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 28.

All ticket sales and a percentage of proceeds from purchases during the opening gala will benefit UCSF Children's Hospital.

The event will feature a performance by Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and a cocktail buffet. Botti has worked with leading singer-songwriters such as Marc Cohn, Joni Mitchell and Natalie Merchant and toured with Paul Simon and Sting. He also composed and performed the score for the Robert M. Young film, "Caught."

Roxanne Fernandes, executive director of UCSF Children's Hospital, said "The Bloomingdale's grand opening is an opportunity for the public to become better acquainted with the work of UCSF Children's Hospital, which touches the lives of children throughout Northern California."

The 357,000-square-foot store at Fifth and Market streets is the first new West Coast store constructed from the ground up by Bloomingdale's and is second in size only to the original 1-million-square-foot store in New York at Lexington Avenue and 59th Street in Midtown Manhattan.

The Westfield San Francisco Centre at 865 Market St. will integrate the former Emporium department store building into the existing San Francisco Centre. The Emporium was built in 1904 and destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. It was later rebuilt, retaining its historic dome, which now is the centerpiece of the new Bloomingdale's.

Bloomingdale's, a division of Federated Department Stores, was founded in 1877. With the opening of the San Francisco store, it has 37 stores in New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Minnesota, Florida, California and Georgia.

UCSF Children's Hosital, one of nation's top children's hospitals, provides a healing environment for children and their families and compassionate care at the forefront of medicine and science. It has more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond.

Tickets to the event are $250 at the patron level and $100 at the associate level for those 35 years old and younger. For more information about the event and tickets, please call (415) 502-4337.

To make a donation to UCSF Children's Hospital, visit or call toll free (877) 499-8273.