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Natick announces plans for grand opening gala
NATICK ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR GRAND OPENING GALA: September 2007 Event
Will Benefit Natick Native Doug Flutie's Foundation for Autism
Date of Publication:
January 12, 2007
Development: Natick Collection 2007 Expansion
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Natick Mall, Natick, MA (January 12, 2007) - Progress has been rapid on
the Natick expansion, and the skyline is quickly transforming with the
property's grand architecture, rising beams and undulating
skylights. The sense of a glamorous new destination is taking
shape and to mark this approaching capstone in the MetroWest area, mall
officials announced today that plans are underway to celebrate in high
style. A headline event - an invitation-only grand opening
gala - will take place on September 6, 2007, when Natick will open its
doors for an exclusive preview, showcasing the property as the single
most stylish shopping complex in the area. All net proceeds
will benefit the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc., an
organization that provides much-needed financial assistance and support
to thousands of families and organizations that are affected by autism.
Natick native, Doug Flutie, will be among the guests, as well as the
social, business, and civic "who's who" in the Metro West
"We are delighted to announce that The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for
Autism will be the recipient of all net proceeds from the event," said
Frank T. Lazorchak, General Manager, Natick. He continued, "The
Foundation has made tremendous contributions to the effort to
understand autism and treat autistic children. We hope that the
funds we raise at the Gala will help them continue to assist families
who are affected by this unfortunate condition."
"We feel honored that Natick has chosen our organization to be the
beneficiary of this exciting event," said Laurie Flutie, co-founder of
the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. "Since we established the
Foundation, our mission has been to support financially disadvantaged
families who need assistance in caring for their child with autism, as
well as fund education and research into the causes and consequences of
childhood autism. The funds from this event will enable us to
expand our efforts even more."
Natick's Grand Opening Gala will set the stage and tone for what is
soon to become the premier style and fashion destination for the Metro
West area. Steve Kemble, the award-winning, nationally renowned
party planner and television personality, is the designer of this
event. Famous for his fashion and style commentary on such
television programs as The Great Domestic Showdown on ABC, Who's
Wedding is it Anyway, on the Style Network, and for organizing parties
for Presidents, NFL players, and countless celebrities, Kemble has
promised an event that will raise the bar on luxury for years to
come. The event theme will emanate from the Natick sensibility -
Hip, Luxurious, Inspired and Unique - with unrivaled entertainment,
visual décor, music and food. Details about the party will
be announced early in the coming months.
Frank T. Lazorchak and Laurie Flutie are co-chairs of the event.
An Honorary Committee of community leaders has been organized to help
coordinate the fund raising.
Autism affects approximately 1.5 million people in the United States
and occurs in as many as one in 166 births. As parents of a son
with autism, Doug and Laurie Flutie established the Doug Flutie, Jr.
Foundation for Autism, Inc. in 1998. To date, the organization
has given over $5 million to individuals through autism organizations
that are helping affected families and their children. Doug
Flutie is a former NFL quarterback and is a Natick native.
The Natick Mall was last renovated in 1994, when construction increased
its size from 725,000 to its current 1.1 million square feet. The
resulting redeveloped mall, with 167 new stores and a remodeled food
court, quickly became one of New England's premier shopping
The new Natick will feature over one hundred exceptional stores
including dozens of the nation's top retailers, a number of which will
be in the Boston area for the first time. When completed, this 15
acre property will house more than 1 million square feet of
space. Designed by the highly respected architectural firm of
Beyer Blinder Belle, and with landscaping by the distinguished
Massachusetts firm of Martha Schwartz Inc., Natick is certain to become
the premier shopping, dining and living destination for the Boston
MetroWest area and beyond. In addition to the retail center, the
mall will include 215 luxury condominium residences scheduled to open
in the Spring of 2008.
Additional plans include a hotel, meandering bike path, public walkway,
and rooftop garden the size of two football fields for exclusive use by
For more information on Natick Mall's renovation and expansion, new
stores, discounts and promotions, please visit natickmall.com.
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