Bloomingdale's Grand Opening Raises Nearly $200,000 for UCSF Children's Hospital

September 28, 2006
News Office: Phyllis Brown (415) 502-6397

The Grand Opening Gala for the new Bloomingdale's Westfield San Francisco Centre on Tuesday evening, a benefit for UCSF Children's Hospital, garnered more than $200,000 in donations.

Funds were raised through ticket sales and a percentage of proceeds from sales of merchandise during the event, which will help UCSF Children's Hospital extend the many programs that help children suffering from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Barbara and Gerson Bakar and Frances Bowes served as honorary chairs for the event, which featured performances by Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. Nanci and Gary Fredkin, Pam Glogau and Dr. Richard Glogau, Jan and Peter Harris, Leigh and Bill Matthes, Cathy and Mike Podell, and Beatie Lazard Seidenberg served as co-chairs of the extravaganza.

Attendees previwed the 357,000-square-foot store at 5th and Market streets — the first new West Coast store constructed from the ground up by Bloomingdale's, and second in size only to its original 1-million-square-foot store at Lexington Avenue and 59th Street in midtown Manhattan.

The new Westfield San Francisco Centre integrates a piece of retail history — the ornate dome of the former Emporium department store building. Originally built in 1904 and destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, the Emporium was rebuilt, retaining its trademark dome. The dome now serves as the centerpiece of the new Bloomingdale's.

The store opens to the general public Sept. 28.