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Benefit auction, preview event lead up to outlet mall grand opening

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The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass opens to the general public on Thursday, July 31. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass opens to the general public on Thursday, July 31. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - More than one dozen items from stores at the soon-to-open outlet mall in Simpsonville are now available for bidding in an online auction to benefit the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville. The items are valued at $50 to $500 a piece.

Online bidding will continue until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30 during the Opening Night VIP Preview Shopping Event at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. The shopping center will open to the public the following day, Thursday, July 31.

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The following items from the following merchants are up for bids:

  • Saks Fifth Avenue OFF Fifth: $100 gift card
  • Polo Ralph Lauren: Five $100 gift cards
  • Columbia: $500 gift card
  • J Crew: $200 gift card
  • Wilson's Leather: Ladies handbag
  • Crabtree & Evelyn: Two $50 gift cards and two gift sets
  • Converse All-Star: $100 gift card
  • Auntie Anne's: $150 in Visa gift cards and three At-Home Pretzel Kits
  • Gold Toe, Hanes & Jockey: $250 in gift cards to Hanes Brands, $100 in gift cards to Jockey and a tote bag filled with Gold Toe socks

People who purchase tickets to the preview event will be able to beat the huge crowds expected during the shopping center's opening weekend. Several retail outlets will be open the night of the VIP preview, including Coach, Brooks Brothers, Mickael Kors, Banana Republic, NBike, Talbots, Under Armour and more. Patrons will also receive a goody bag filled with items that will include a free coupon book worth more than $300 in savings good for an entire year at many of the mall's 80+ retailers.

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Tickets to the VIP event are $50 and can be purchased at www.shoppingforacure.org. Only people with tickets will be able to enter The Outlet Shoppes on VIP Preview Night.

The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass is located at 1155 Buck Creek Road, Exit 28 on Interstate 64.

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