November 11, 2005
Just in time for the holidays Orange County’s Simon Property Group shopping centers are coming together to launch the Simon Givingcard(sm), a new gift card that will benefit two local organizations, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and the Simon Youth Foundation. Shoppers can pick up the cards at Laguna Hills Mall, Westminster Mall, Brea Mall and The Shops at Mission Viejo .
The Simon Givingcard is a customized, prepaid Simon Giftcard developed in conjunction with Visa that can be used in any Simon Mall as well as all places where Visa Debit cards are accepted. First introduced in fall 2004 in Atlanta, Simon Givingcards are rolling out in Orange County and the Pittsburgh area this year. The cards were created to offer patrons another way to give back to the community and to underline the fact that even the smallest contribution can make a big difference
When a Simon Givingcard is purchased, $1 is added to the total amount of the card. That dollar is automatically divided between CHOC and the Simon Youth Foundation. CHOC will use the funds to help enhance health care programs for children in Orange County. The SimonYouth Foundation funds Education Resource Centers located in Westminster and Mission Viejo, California and scholarship programs at all four Orange County Simon Malls
"We are very excited to introduce the Givingcard because it utilizes our already popular Simon Giftcard and we believe Orange County shoppers will really embrace it this season,” said Kelly Hartsell, regional vice president of mall marketing for Simon Property Group. “Our goal was to create a charitable option that is as easy and as seamless to use as possible and this really delivers, making it easy to make a difference in local communities.” Simon Givingcards are available in various denominations and can be purchased at the Guest Services desk at all Simon Property Group shopping centers in Orange County .