Summer activities are fun, but also serve a purpose

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (July 23, 2014) – Sand sculptures, a giant shark and a playhouse. It’s all for fun, but it’s fun with a purpose as La Palmera continues supporting community programs in the Coastal Bend through its Make a Difference program.

The first effort this summer came in the form of a photo op with a giant sand sculpture in Center Court. Shoppers lined up July 3-13 to have their photo taken with the unique sand art, designed for La Palmera by local sand sculptor Chip Cooper, with a portion of the photo proceeds going to the Surfrider Foundation ( to help with local beach clean-up efforts. Done in conjunction with Hurricane Alley, La Palmera will present a $500 check to Surfriders on Friday, July 25 at 10 a.m.

“This donation will go toward our continued work to keep the Coastal Bend beaches and Gulf waters clean and open to the public,” said Neil McQueen, vice chair of the Coastal Bend Chapter, Surfrider Foundation. “This type of donation assists us in fulfilling the Surfrider Foundation’s international mission providing ‘protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.’”

La Palmera will provide another philanthropic photo op in conjunction with Texas State Aquarium August 8-17 themed to the popular “Shark Week.” Guests can once again head to Center Court to have their photo taken with a large replica shark with a portion of photo proceeds going to benefit Coastal Bend Bays Foundation ( to assist with local conservation efforts.

Shoppers will also have the chance to win a playhouse-sized home, complete with a railed front porch designed by Braselton Homes. Located in Center Court, the unique “Forever Kids Braselton CASA” playhouse is being raffled off with all proceeds from ticket sales going to benefit CASA of the Coastal Bend. Tickets may be purchased now through noon on August 14 at La Palmera Concierge for $5 each, or two for $8. Guests can also make CASA donations on site at the playhouse. Details are available at or by calling (361) 884-2272.

“Since 2008 when the mall became La Palmera, we have pursued a variety of opportunities to work with the Coastal Bend community,” said Fred Walters, general manager of La Palmera and The Shops at La Palmera. “Through our Make a Difference program, we have sponsored events and organizations, hosted fundraisers and blood drives, and acted as a venue for a number of non-profit and educational events. Since 2011, we have raised, and assisted others in raising, more than $6 million through various efforts at La Palmera.”

Each year the mall sets up “Pet Night” photo opportunities with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny with a portion of the proceeds going to organizations helping animals. The mall also has an ongoing “Change for Charity” program, collecting change from the Center Court fountain and presenting the proceeds to local community groups. La Palmera also maintains ongoing relationships with organizations such as The Coastal Compass Education & Career Resource Center, providing space for the not-for-profit organization designed to help Coastal Bend residents “discover their direction” while preparing for college or the workforce, and providing services to improve quality of life. Since 2010, the Corpus Christi Police Department has utilized office space at the mall for a satellite office

For more information on La Palmera, go to, visit Concierge, or call (361) 991-3755.

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Located in Corpus Christi, Texas, La Palmera is a 1-million square foot super-regional mall with more than 100 retail and restaurant tenants including Dillard’s, J.C. Penney, Macy’s, P.F. Chang’s and Coach. Acquired in July 2008 by IMI and Trademark Property, La Palmera is the first mall to be awarded LEED® Silver for Core and Shell 2.0 established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The mall features a 600-seat food court with a 4,500-gallon feature aquarium and a children’s ocean-themed play area. For more information on La Palmera, go to; or call (361) 991-3755.