NASHVILLE – Nearly 100 C-level retail executives are expected to join the industry's top analysts and leading IT vendors at RetailROI's "Super Saturday" research event in New York on Jan. 8, 2011, one day before the annual NRF Convention and Expo begins.
SuperSaturday is a fundraiser for RetailROI, the Retail Orphan Initiative, bringing together retail's most prominent thinkers for a day of predictions, insight and analysis. The one-of-a-kind event is free to retailers, and all proceeds from sponsorships directly benefit the Retail Orphan Initiative. More than $225,000 in sponsorships have been raised for SuperSaturday 2011, and proceeds will be used to:
- Build the first school since the end of the civil war in Marshall, Liberia, in partnership with Lifesong for Orphans
- Help build the Joseph School to train the next generation of leaders in Haiti
- Extend the Safe Families Program to more cities in the U.S., providing children a safe, secure alternative to foster care
- Help Show Hope provide training and curriculum for families adopting from international countries
- Provide funding for the Starfish Foster Home, which rescues cleft-palette babies who are left to die in China, arranges surgeries, and nurses them to health for adoption in the U.S. and other countries.
Retailers can register here for the fast-paced event, which features speakers from top retailers such as Wet Seal, Pep Boys, Crate and Barrel, Kohls, Sears Holding Corporation, 1-800-Flowers, Guitar Center and Tory Burch. They will be joined by leading analysts and editors from Gartner, Citi Investment, GREC, RIS News, StorefrontBacktalk, IHL Group and RetailConnections as well as author Lori Schafer. A special guest at Super Saturday is 15-year-old Austin Gutwein, who founded Hoops of Hope, the biggest basketball shoot-a-thon in the world. Austin started the event when he was only nine years old, and Hoops of Hope has since raised $1.8 million for children orphaned by AIDS/HIV.
"We're overwhelmed by the way the retail community has embraced RetailROI," said Greg Buzek, donor trustee for the Retail Orphan Initiative. "In just 18 months, retailers, vendors, analysts and others in the retail community have come together to create one of retail's biggest analyst events – and in the process, they've helped RetailROI make a huge difference in the lives of children. We're grateful for the support of the retail industry and especially thankful for our SuperSaturday sponsors who have given so generously."
Sponsors for next month's event include:
- Verizon Business
- Sterling Commerce
- C-Core Consulting Group
- IHL Group.
SuperSaturday 2011 is free to retailers and takes place at PwC Auditorium, 300 Madison Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; retailers can register here.
RetailROI is a charitable foundation under the umbrella of the Giving Back Fund, established to help the 400 million orphaned and vulnerable children worldwide; RetailROI provides grants to charities that provide hands-on efforts in the following areas:
- Orphan Care (food, shelter, medical, clothing, education)
- Foster Care support organizations
- Adoption support organizations
- Grants and zero-interest loans for adoption
- Child rescue from human trafficking
- Life skills training for orphaned and vulnerable children
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