Cuban ballet coming to Saks windows in NYC
Saks Fifth Avenue will be soaring to new heights with an unprecedented promotional event at its flagship store in New York City this month.
Sixteen dancers from the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School in Florida will be performing live in the windows of the store on Fifth Avenue on June 6 and June 7.
The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School is distinguished in Southwest Florida for teaching exclusively in the renowned Cuban style, admired throughout the world for its athleticism, passion and grace. SCBS is committed to cultural diversity in dance, and to using this timeless art form to promote international understanding.
The dancers traveling from Sarasota for the special performance at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York are part of a mentoring program spearheaded by Sarasota philanthropist Dr. Suzanne Kesten, who founded her mentoring program in 2012. The mentoring program assists promising young dancers as they pursue professional careers. Dr. Kesten is a benefactor of SCBS, where her generosity has provided her mentees with scholarships for the Summer Intensive, yearlong training courses and private lessons.
As part of the Hudson's Bay Company brand portfolio, Saks operates 39 full-line stores in 22 states, five international licensed stores, 83 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and saks.com, the company's online store.
Kohl’s donates $100K for flood relief
Kohl’s is joining Walmart and other retailers in stepping up to help with flood relief efforts in Texas and Oklahoma.
Kohl’s has announced it will be donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross, which is delivering much-needed emergency supplies and services in the impacted areas. In addition to a financial contribution, Kohl’s encourages its associates to volunteer in support of cleanup efforts through its Associates in Action volunteer program.
In recognition of volunteer hours, Kohl’s will donate additional corporate grants to the nonprofit organizations being supported by Kohl’s associates.
“Our hearts go out to all the families and communities impacted by the devastating flooding which occurred in Texas and Oklahoma,” said Bevin Bailis, Kohl’s senior vice president of public relations and communications. “We are honored to be in a position to provide financial support and volunteer efforts to the many communities in need as they recover and rebuild their homes and neighborhoods.”
Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteers help a range of youth-serving nonprofit organizations year-round. Through the Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 1 million associates have donated more than 3.2 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated nearly $100 million to the nonprofit organizations served. This program is part of Kohl’s overall philanthropic platform, Kohl’s Cares, which is committed to supporting children’s health and education initiatives nationwide.
Kohl’s is a leading specialty department store with 1,164 stores in 49 states.
Wolverine World Wide veteran joins Neiman Marcus as COO/CFO
A Wolverine World Wide executive is joining the Neiman Marcus Group as executive VP, COO and CFO.
Donald T. Grimes will succeed Jim Skinner, who will continue to be part of the company’s management team in the newly created role of vice chairman, Neiman Marcus Group.
Grimes, 52, joins Neiman Marcus Group from Wolverine World Wide Inc., where he was senior VP, CFO and treasurer. Prior to Wolverine, Grimes held leadership and executive level positions at Keystone Automotive Operations and Brown-Forman Corporation. He started his career with Coopers & Lybrand. Grimes will be responsible for finance, accounting, investor relations, tax, legal, distribution and fulfilment, and properties.
“Don is an excellent choice to serve as our new COO and CFO,” said Karen Katz, president and CEO of Neiman Marcus. “He brings impressive and extensive leadership experience in operations, strategy and corporate finance, including M&A and international. Along with his vast experience, keen intelligence and ability to produce results, Don brings a balance of pragmatism and creativity — essential qualities for transforming our business and envisioning its future. He will be a great addition and complement to an already accomplished NMG management team.”