5 percent of registered purchases at Biltmore store earmarked for charity

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Jan. 27, 2012 - Throughout February, Saks Fifth Avenue at Biltmore Fashion Park will donate a percentage of its sales for biomedical research at the non-profit Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

This is part of Saks' nationwide charity drive that will benefit local charities in each community.

Starting Feb. 1 and lasting through Feb. 29, Saks will donate 5 percent of all registered purchases made with a Saks Fifth Avenue credit card at its Biltmore store, 2446 E. Camelback Road, to five local charities, including TGen.

Customers may select which local charity from Saks Fifth Avenue's roster they wish to allocate their 5 percent contribution. Registration is one simple step at the point of sale, linking the customer account with their chosen charity.

"We are so pleased that TGen and Saks are again teaming up to help fight cancer," said Michael Bassoff, President of the TGen Foundation. "This unique shopping experience provides Saks patrons the opportunity to support research that, in the spirit of Saks charities, benefits local patients first."

Saks Fifth Avenue at the Biltmore has partnered with TGen on other charity fundraising drives, including October's KEY TO THE CURE events. Saks' Biltmore store hours are: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays; and Noon-6 p.m. Sundays.

"Saks Fifth Avenue is committed to our local communities. We appreciate our customers' charitable involvement and look forward to giving back locally with this exciting and newly implemented national program," said Steve Sadove, Chairman and CEO of Saks Inc.

Saks.com will also be supporting the program, with 5 percent of online purchases made using a registered Saks credit card, being donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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About Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world's preeminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its associates. Today, Saks operates 46 full-line stores in 22 states, 2 licensed stores in the Middle East and 2 licensed stores in Mexico City, 61 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and saks.com, the company's online store.

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