Indian River Mall to support ‘Gifts for the Gulf’ this weekend

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Indian River Mall will be one of 15 Simon Malls across Florida opening its doors on July 24 and July 25 to raise awareness and funds to help birds, other wildlife and our Florida beaches that are being threatened by the Gulf oil spill.

To benefit Florida Audubon, Simon Property Group’s “Gifts for the Gulf” will showcase a simple beach nest vignette and offer shoppers important information about the wildlife affected by the oil spill crisis. “Simon Property Group is proud to partner with Florida Audubon to raise awareness for our shorebirds and seabirds that are under potential threat from the Gulf oil spill,” said Lynnette Lauria, regional vice president of marketing, Florida, Simon Property Group. “We are thrilled that our malls will serve as a venue in support of this important effort as so many people want to help the many helpless creatures.”

Mall shoppers, on July 24-25 from 12 noon to 5 p.m., will have the opportunity to learn about how certain birds nest on our beaches and are in harm’s way as the clean-up process ensues. Volunteers through Audubon will also share facts about a number of birds affected and offer insight as to how we can protect our wildlife during this time.

A coloring station will be available for children who will receive complimentary coloring sheets of different birds. Special t-shirts will be on sale and monetary donations will be accepted to help support the goals of Florida Audubon’s “Gulf Oil Spill” initiative, which are to rescue Florida’s coastal animals and assist in rehabilitating our birds and beaches.

For more information on how you can help Florida Audubon’s Gulf oil spill response, please visit

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