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PREPARATIONS FOR 'MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY' UNDERWAY AT STRAWBRIDGE & CLOTHIER; SHOPPING DAY IS ONLY 24 HOURS AWAY

 PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Preparations are feverishly underway at all Strawbridge & Clothier stores for "Make a Difference Day," Wednesday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.
 Believed to be the most comprehensive benefit shopping day of its kind nationwide, nearly 700 participating Delaware Valley charities are expected to raise more than one-half million dollars through advance ticket sales ($6 each) to this one-day event.
 Anyone who neglects to purchase a ticket in advance for Make a Difference Day will still be able to participate by buying a ticket at any Strawbridge & Clothier store entrance on Wednesday. Proceeds from the at-door tickets benefit local United Way campaigns.
 In return for the $6 donation, Make a Difference Day patrons will receive five discount shopping coupons; a chance to win eight great sweepstakes prizes; and they will be entertained by colorful, costumed variety performers throughout the day, in all stores, including:
 -- pianists, jazz bands and singers;
 -- costumed magicians, stiltwalkers, clowns and jugglers;
 -- puppeteers, costumed characters, storybook heroes for children;
 -- zoo on wheels, performances by the Senior Miss America, complimentary caricatures, facepainting and cooking demonstrations.
 For more information, call contact.
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 Tuesday, Oct. 19:
 -- Store preparations at Strawbridge & Clothier's Philadelphia store, 8th and Market streets, including hanging "thank you signs," "welcome" signs; erecting sweepstakes ballot boxes, etc. Contact: Strawbridge & Clothier Special Events Department, 215-629-6529.
 -- United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania -- last minute rush to sell tickets for the benefit of United Way Campaign. Contact Joe Divis, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 215-629-2512.
 Wednesday, Oct. 20:
 Visit any Strawbridge & Clothier store, to see thousands of Make a Difference Day patrons entering contests, enjoying refreshments, etc., and to meet some of the 2,000-plus charity volunteers working on this event that day./
 /CONTACT: Shawn Hughes-Camp, Special Events Department, of Strawbridge & Clothier, 215-629-6529, or 215-629-4482/
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