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Los Angeles Charities to Benefit From the Neiman Marcus Topanga Gala

DALLAS, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Neiman Marcus announced today that four Los Angeles based charities will benefit from its Topanga store gala, to be held Thursday, September 4th, 2008.

ALS Association, Greater Los Angeles Chapter, Grossman Burn Foundation, The MOCA Projects Council of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), and the New West Symphony have been chosen to receive all money raised from the Gala ticket sales. Neiman Marcus Topanga officially opens its doors Friday, September 5th, 2008.

"Neiman Marcus is thrilled to open our 40th store in Topanga, California. As importantly, we are honored to be associated with four very special non-profit organizations with meaningful ties to the greater Los Angeles community," commented Karen Katz, Neiman Marcus, President and CEO. "Throughout our company's history, we have worked to be an involved and caring corporate citizen, and we look forward to supporting the community that supports the store!"

As the only non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, The ALS Association, Greater Los Angeles Chapter leads the way in research, patient and community services, public education and advocacy. In addition to supporting research for a cure, the Chapter, located in Agoura Hills, CA provides important assistance for persons with Lou Gehrig's Disease, their families, caregivers, and health professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area. The ALS Association, has awarded nearly $40 million toward research since 1991 and is currently overseeing approximately 100 different research projects.

The Grossman Burn Foundation is the philanthropic arm of The Grossman Burn Centers (GBC). Under the leadership of Co-Director, Dr. Peter Grossman, The Grossman Burn Centers are one of the preeminent resources for health care and treatment for burn victims and their families. The Grossman Burn Foundation is renowned for assisting needy families around the world in the areas of health care, safety and education. In addition to providing corrective surgery to severe burn victims at their California based centers, the Grossman Burn Foundation is launching the first highly-skilled nonprofit reconstructive surgery and burn center in Kabul, Afghanistan opening in 2008. The Grossman Burn Foundation has also been instrumental in developing a real-time satellite technology software program that allows burn surgeons to assist emergency first responders in remote parts of the world or in a crisis situation using high-tech telemedicine equipment.

Founded in 1979, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) is regarded as one of the world's leading museums of contemporary art. The museum engages artists and audiences through an ambitious program of exhibitions, collections, education, and publications. In a remarkably short time, MOCA has assembled one of the nation's most renowned permanent collections with over 6,000 works and steadily growing. MOCA provides extensive opportunities for education and enjoyment to thousands of national and international visitors. The MOCA Projects Council, a group of women collectors and patrons of the arts, is the museum's major support organization. The Projects Council focuses their fundraising endeavors to benefit MOCA's arts education program.

Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is one of Southern California's premier symphony orchestras. The New West Symphony engages audiences in ways that make the concert-going experience accessible and intellectually interesting and brings value to the ever-expanding community. As a significant cultural and educational institution in the community, the New West Symphony provides a vigorously engaging music education and outreach program to schools, introducing students to the joys and benefits of classical music and planting seeds for the audience of the future. More than 50,000 children are influenced each year by performances of live music and visits by the Symphony's Music Van.

The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. operations include the Specialty Retail Stores segment and the Direct Marketing segment. The Specialty Retail Stores segment consists primarily of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores. The Direct Marketing segment conducts both print catalog and online operations under the Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman brand names. Information about the Company can be accessed at

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