CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (October 15, 2014) – Mark your calendars now for La Palmera’s Fall Festival, Saturday, October 25, from 2-6 p.m. It will be a day of fun and entertainment for the whole family, and a great way to learn about, and get involved with, the work of local charities in honor of national Make a Difference Day.

The fun kicks off at 2 p.m. with a pumpkin patch photo set on the front lawn, arts and crafts, face painting, pumpkin decoration and live entertainment, including popular local act, Chicas Rock, as well as a special Halloween themed fashion show presented by Aveda Institute of Corpus Christi in Center Court. There will also be costume contest for kids 10 and under, and one for pets as well in Center Court, with special prizes awarded. Contest registration begins at 2 p.m.

Several Coastal Bend charitable organizations will take part in the event in recognition of Make a Difference Day, designated as the largest national day of community service, spotlighting the good work of so many organizations across the country. Fall Festival participants include the American Red Cross, The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, For the Love of Strays, and CASA of the Coastal Bend. Volunteers from each group will be on hand to assist with the various events and to inform the public about the organization. Donations are welcomed.

“We are looking forward to our first-ever Fall Festival,” said Fred Walters, general manager of La Palmera and The Shops at La Palmera. “It’s a way to pull the community together and will be a day filled with fun activities for families to enjoy.

“Just as the national Make a Difference Day celebrates serving local communities, we’re hopeful our event will generate awareness for many local organizations that do great work in the Coastal Bend. Guests will learn how they can get involved, and there may even be opportunities for some of those organizations to provide services to our guests. Through our own Make a Difference program, sponsoring various events and organizations, and hosting fundraisers and special events over the years, we have worked to raise, and assisted others in raising, more than $6 million for Coastal Bend charities. We will continue those efforts and encourage others to make a difference in our community as well.”

Local entertainers interested in performing at this year’s Fall Festival should contact La Palmera at (361) 991-3755.

For more information on La Palmera or Fall Festival, go online to www.lapalmera.com or call (361) 991-3755.

Fall Festival Schedule of Events:

Center Court

2-2:30 p.m. – Pet Costume Contest Registration

3 p.m. – Pet Costume Contest

2-3:30 p.m. – Kid’s Costume Contest Registration (must be 10 or under)

4 p.m. – Kid’s Costume Contest

5 p.m. – Halloween Fashion Show, presented by Aveda Institute of Corpus Christi

Food Court

2-6 p.m. – Community Entertainment Stage

(Those interested in performing should call (361) 991-3755 for more information.)

Lawn 1 (Front of La Palmera)

2-6 p.m. – Pumpkin Patch

Face Painting, Pumpkin Decoration, Arts and Crafts activities

ABOUT LA PALMERA

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 www.lapalmera.com; or call (361) 991-3755.