Charities to Benefit as New Mall Gets Ready for Gala Opening

MARCH 27, 2006 - Posted at 7:56 a.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - Shoppers in Region 8 have gotten their first taste of the new Mall at Turtle Creek in Jonesboro.

The mall opened its doors without fanfare over the weekend.  However, a number of events are planned this week to mark the grand opening.

Wednesday, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Afterward, the first 500 shoppers will receive gift bags and all shoppers can register to win a new car, a 42-inch plasma television and a $1,000 shopping spree.

A charitable fundraiser is to be held Tuesday night.  Tickets cost $100 per person and proceeds will be given to St. Bernard's Medical Center's Charitable Foundation.  Another event on Tuesday evening will benefit the Literacy Leagues of Poinsett and Craighead counties.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)