23652 Tue, 01/10/2012 - 12:38pm
DALLAS–Dallas Market Center has announced the 10 finalists for The Next Big Give, its national search for specialty retailers that give back in their communities, whether through volunteering, raising funds or donating goods.
Finalists include A. Dodson’s of Suffolk, Va., Advantage Bridal in Torrance, Calif., Belladonna of New Orleans, Brookshire’s Food and Pharmacy in Tyler, Texas, Capitol Lighting of Boca Raton, Fla., Elizabeth Fashions of Schererville, Ind., Here on the Corner in Tempe, Ariz., Peacock Alley in Dallas, University of Colorado Hospital Gift Shop in Aurora, Colo., and Walk on Water of Longwood, Fla.
“Congratulations to all of The Next Big Give finalists,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “We are honored to recognize the admirable work of each of these retailers and look forward to honoring the winners.”
Two The Next Big Give winners will be announced on Feb. 14, 2012, and will receive a complimentary trip to the Dallas Apparel & Accessories/Total Home & Gift Markets, March 22-25, 2012, including round-trip airfare from anywhere in the continental U.S. and three nights’ hotel stay.
While at market, The Next Big Give winners will be recognized during The Inspired Event, a cocktail party benefiting a charitable cause. The winners will share their stories of giving back in hopes to inspire others to do the same.
Retailers either nominated themselves or were nominated by a manufacturer, a sales representative, buyer or customer. The finalists were selected by a panel of industry experts and Dallas Market Center representatives.