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M. D. Anderson’s Children’s Art Project is Moving Uptown!

M. D. Anderson’s Children’s Art Project is Moving Uptown!
M. D. Anderson News Release 09/18/00

This holiday season, the Children's Art Project at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is moving on up — up to the project's first full retail location in space generously made available by Uptown Park Shopping Center.

Opening Oct. 2, the Children’s Art Project Boutique will bring the talent of M. D. Anderson’s young patients to life in products ranging from the traditional holiday greeting cards to silk scarves and ties, sterling silver jewelry and holiday-themed T-shirts. The Children's Art Project also carries gift bags and tags, holiday stationery, note cubes, magnets and more. The project's entire Holiday 2000 collection, as well as many popular cards and products from past collections, will be offered at the new boutique.

As part of Uptown Park’s commitment to the community, space in the shopping center has been made available for the new store. Uptown Park is underwriting all costs to build out the 855-square-foot space. This includes power, heating/ventilation/air conditioning, lighting, fixtures and signage. The grand opening of the Children's Art Project Boutique, along with initial advertising and promotional events, is also being sponsored by Uptown Park. A number of other local companies, including contractors and publications, have donated and contributed to the project to help make the boutique a reality.

"The Children’s Art Project is overwhelmed by the generosity of the Uptown Park management and merchants," says Shannan Murray, director of the project at M. D. Anderson. "This store has gone from a dream to a reality in a very short period of time, and the opening of the boutique coincides perfectly with the beginning of our holiday season. We want to thank Interfin Corporation as well as the many charitable people who have helped to make the boutique possible. They all have gone the extra mile to help make life better for children with cancer."

Proceeds from sales at the boutique, like all project proceeds, will return to M. D. Anderson to fund patient-focused programs such as in-hospital classrooms, college scholarships, summer camps and more.

"The merchants of Uptown Park are very interested in philanthropic activities," said Giorgio Borlenghi, president of Interfin Corporation, the real estate development company that owns and operates Uptown Park. "As a result, we developed a campaign to address the needs of non-profit organizations this holiday season. The Children’s Art Project at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center was at the top of our list as the perfect organization to partner with in this endeavor."

 

The Children’s Art Project Boutique, located at 1141-00 Uptown Park Blvd. between Walzel Jewelers and Bill Walker Clothier, will officially open its doors on Oct. 2. Store hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children’s Art Project products are also available at many other retail locations in Houston, online at www.childrensart.org or by calling 1-800-231-1580.

A purchase from the Children's Art Project adds to the sparkle in the eyes of young cancer patients, and gifts from the project are the kind that keep on giving, too. All sales proceeds return to M. D. Anderson to help provide the support it takes to help make life better for children with cancer. The project, now in its 27th year of operation, has allocated more than $12.7 million to M. D. Anderson programs.

Uptown Park is an elegant, European-style shopping center featuring over 30 unique shops, spas and services. Located at the corner of Post Oak Boulevard and Loop 610, the center is known as "The Center that Cares." Uptown Park prides itself on creating special events and partnerships that give back to the community. The center is owned and operated by Interfin Corporation, a Houston-based, diversified real estate company.

 

9/18/00


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