Long Island’s largest holiday shopping benefit, Champions for Charity, takes place Thursday, Dec. 3 through Saturday, Dec. 5 at Americana Manhasset. During these three festive days, 25 percent of designated full-price pre-tax purchases will be donated to the organization(s) of the shopper’s choice when a Champion Number is presented at the time of purchase. This is the 25th year of this very special philanthropic and collaborative initiative between Americana’s shops and their patrons. To date, this event has raised nearly $14 million dollars for both local and national charities since its inception in 1996.
“I am so proud of Americana Manhasset’s Champions for Charity holiday shopping benefit,” Catherine Castagna, President of Castagna Realty Co., Inc, parent company of Americana Manhasset and Wheatley Plaza, said. “Giving back has been a vital part of Americana Manhasset’s mission throughout its 64-year history, and it continues to be fundamental as we look forward to the future. This is a particularly poignant year to be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Champions for Charity. The past nine months have been extremely challenging for so many in our community and for the nonprofit organizations that serve them. It’s more important than ever to do what we can to help. We thank our stores and our loyal, philanthropic-minded clientele for their partnership.”
This year, more than 140 nonprofit organizations are participating in the program, representing a wide and diverse range of extremely worthy causes. The collection includes local hospital initiatives, medical research institutes, food banks, mental health organizations, youth groups and family services, animal rescue groups, educational and cultural institutions and more. The breadth of organizations speaks volumes about the spirit of giving that exists within the Long Island community.
To participate in Champions for Charity, simply register for your complimentary Champion Number online at championsforcharity.org or by phone at 800-818-6767. Present your Champion Number from Dec. 3 through Dec. 5 at the time of each purchase, and 25 percent of your designated full-price, pre-tax purchases will be donated to the participating organization(s) of your choice. This year, many stores are making accommodations to allow for customers to shop remotely, with designated phone number and/or email addresses to respond to remote requests, and curbside pickup available.
Taking an active role in the community has always been an integral part of Castagna Realty Retail Group’s mission. Americana Manhasset was one of the first shopping destinations to embrace the concept of charity shopping and remains a leader by offering a significant 25 percent pre-tax donation to charity.
“Celebrating our 25th year, Champions for Charity is our signature holiday event that brings our community together,” Deirdre Costa Major, President, Castagna Realty Retail Group, said. “Having all of our stores join in this collaborative way shows our commitment to making a difference for our clients and community. In light of the hurdles of this past year, shopping for loved ones in support of charity is more important than ever to our customers.
Americana Manhasset is a premier collection of 60 fine shops, including Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Cartier, Ermenegildo Zegna, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bottega Veneta, Hirshleifers, Ralph Lauren, London Jewelers and more, all within a unique outdoor environment designed by renowned architect Peter Marino and landscape designer Oehme van Sweden. Americana Manhasset offers a complimentary Personal Shopping Service, a remarkable luxury fashion and gift resource.
For more information including a list of participating organizations, visit championsforcharity.org and americanamanhasset.com. Follow Americana Manhasset on Instagram, subscribe to our YouTube channel and like our Facebook page.
—Submitted by Castagna Realty