La Palmera Making a Difference for Local Charities

La Palmera holiday programs raise awareness and dollars for local no-profits; additional “Pet Night with Santa” events added

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Dec. 1, 2015) – The holidays are a time to give and shoppers are doing just that through La Palmera’s annual holiday programs.

“We work to assist local charities throughout the year, but the holidays are especially busy since giving is top of mind,” said Fred Walters, vice president and general manager of La Palmera and The Shops at La Palmera. “We host a number of programs and events at La Palmera each year to assist as many organizations as possible, including 15 different groups this holiday season.”

Because of the overwhelming response, pet lovers will now have two more opportunities for the popular “Pet Night with Santa,” with a portion of photo proceeds befitting local animal organizations. Tuesday, Dec. 8, will be the make-up event for Paws Up, rescheduled as the result of a power outage during the original Nov. 24 event, and Wednesday, Dec. 9, is a newly added event, which will benefit The Cattery. Both events are 5-8 p.m. This year’s previous two events benefitted For the Love of Strays and Mission Pawsible. As always, only dogs and cats are permitted and all animals must remain on a leash or in a carrier at all times.

Guests can take advantage of La Palmera’s popular charity gift-wrapping service every Friday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. beginning Dec. 4, as well as the week of Christmas. Located on the main level near Concierge, volunteers from local charities will provide their wrapping services for donations. This year’s organizations are Bikes for Kids (12/4-6), American Cancer Society (12/11-13), Big Brothers Big Sisters (12/18-20), Dress for Success Corpus Christi (12/21-22), and TAMU CC Graphic Design Students (12/23-24).

Voting also continues at La Palmera’s Forest of Giving, a collection of uniquely decorated trees representing 10 local organizations. Located near Aldo and the West Court escalators, shoppers may cast votes for their favorite tree through Dec. 16 and the tree receiving the most votes will win $1,000 for the represented Coastal Bend charity. Groups represented this year are: Gulf Coast Humane Society, Dress for Success Corpus Christi, The Cattery, P.A.A.C. (People Assisting Animal Control), Texas State Aquarium, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center, Veterans Memorial High School Student Council on behalf of Brooke’s Blossoming Hope, American Heart Association, and For the Love of Strays.

For more information on holiday happenings, go online to or visit us on Facebook, stop by Concierge, or call (361) 991-5718.


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.