Granite Run Mall’s “Sweetheart Gala” Raised $17,825 for the American Heart Association

Community and local business support helps Mall exceed fundraising goals

MEDIA, PA, MARCH 3, 2013 – Granite Run Mall announced today that its Sweetheart Gala, held Saturday, March 2, raised $17,825 for the American Heart Association. The formal Gala organized by and hosted at Granite Run Mall, raised funds through sponsorships, donations, ticket sales and a silent auction.

“The American Heart Association provides a crucial service in the fight against cardiovascular disease and we are thrilled to have garnered support from the entire community to benefit this important cause,” said Aubrey Proud, Director of Marketing at Granite Run Mall. “The event would not have been such a success without the generosity of so many of our local businesses and community members, and for that we are grateful.”

Saturday’s Sweetheart Gala hosted 120 local members of the community, who enjoyed food, drinks and dancing to local ten-piece band, The FM Band. Attendees participated in a silent auction, winning prizes including a family membership to the Rocky Run YMCA, a $500 paintball package, hotel stays, golf foursomes and gift packages from many local restaurants, spas and theaters. The Keynote Speaker for the evening was Dr. Robert Bulgarelli, Director of Integrative Cardiovascular Medicine at Riddle Hospital. “Dr. Bob” as his patients call him, shared the long standing relationship Main Line Health & Riddle Hospital have had in supporting the Go Red For Women initiative with the American Heart Association. He also expressed how much Main Line Health & Riddle Hospital enjoy serving the healthcare needs of the community.

“Supporting our community is an important part of what we do, along with providing superior retail and dining options for our regular visitors,” said John-david Franklin, SVP Leasing of MMRS.  “This event allowed us to engage the entire community in support of a great cause, and we are excited to have produced such a fun and impactful event.”

Additional support for The Sweetheart Gala was provided by sponsors including A.J.J. Property Maintenance, Aetna Medicare, Allied Barton, Bohler Engineering, Caramanico, CimaNetwork, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Dever Architecture, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, Glen Eagle Square, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, Imperatrice, Amarant & Bell, P.C., Kone, LG Services, Macadam Company, Inc., Morrisville Sweeping, Inc., Riddle Hospital, Stantec and West Chester Pro Clean Services.

About Madison Marquette Retail Services (MMRS):

MMRS provides a full range of retail real estate services for over 20 million square feet of retail and mixed-use properties throughout the United States.  The company specializes in enhancing the value of retail assets through an integrated approach to leasing, property management, marketing and development services. MMRS has offices located in Asbury Park, Boca Raton, Charlotte, Del Mar, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC.

About Granite Run Mall:

Granite Run Mall is a 1 million square foot regional shopping destination located in Media, Pennsylvania, a western suburb of Philadelphia.   Madison Marquette leases and manages the mall.  For more information, visit www.shopgraniterunmall.com.

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