Magic Marketplace Benefit

On August 25, this year's MAGIC Marketplace's Opening Night Party is going global with Carnivál de Corazón, a night of entertainment, networking and charity featuring the music of very special guest, the Gipsy Kings. The Opening Night Party for the largest fashion business event in the world will take place poolside at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, featuring acrobatic performances and tantalizing Latin-infused delicacies. All proceeds from the $50 ticket price will benefit the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Hope Village for Children.

Hope Village for Children is a state-of-the-art campus formed to aid abused and neglected children in Mississippi with a vision to expand its facilities across the country. Contributor and spokesperson actress Sela Ward notes "Thanks to MAGIC and their support we hope to expand Hope Village for Children across the create safe, nurturing environments for abused and neglected children everywhere." An international leader in pediatric care, CHLA, the other beneficiary for the evening, remains one of the United State's top five pediatric facilities*. "On behalf of more than 300,000 children who seek care from CHLA, we thank all those involved for their support and are honored to be the beneficiary of this event," comments Elizabeth LaBorde, Assistant Vice President, Major and Planned Giving for CHLA.

Admired around the world, the Gipsy Kings are the finest example of world music (the group's language is the Gypsy dialect of gitane) with a consistent winning streak in the US. Since the 1987 release of the international hit single 'Bamboleo,' from their platinum-selling eponymous debut album, the Gipsy Kings have dominated the World Music charts, and sold more than 14 million albums worldwide - more than 4 million in the United States alone.

Joe Loggia, President of Advanstar Communications, comments, "When it comes to MAGIC's Opening Night Party, our guests can always expect an exciting evening. This year's event is both an incredible networking opportunity and a meaningful philanthropic statement, and we are pleased to announce its return."

The MAGIC Marketplace is the event where retailers, exhibitors and industry leaders can all network in a business setting on the show floor, and then hit the town in style with A-list parties, concerts and industry-related events. The fashion industry is recognized for its commitment in generating awareness for numerous charitable efforts, and MAGIC's Opening Night Party reflects its ongoing commitment to give back. Last year, MAGIC raised awareness and funds with an Opening Night Party featuring Counting Crows.

Date: August 25, 2003
Time: 7:30 -11 pm
Place: The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Pool Side

For general admission ticket information, please call 218-723-9130.

Every August and February, the fashion industry converges on Las Vegas for four of the most influential days in the business - the MAGIC Marketplace. The MAGIC Marketplace (MAGIC, WWDMAGIC, MAGIC kids, and the edge) takes place this August 25 to 28, 2003 in Las Vegas, NV. For information, call 818.593.5000 or log onto

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