Earth-Friendly, Adventure and Entertainment-Focused Gifts Top List
Bentonville, Ark., October 4, 2007 -- Shopping for that special someone or the person who has it all can be tough during the holidays. Sam’s Club, the membership warehouse club, presents some possibilities sure to please. Got a nature lover, racing fan, sports nut or gourmet cook on your list? Check out the Sam’s Club Once-in-a-Lifetime packages.
This year, Sam’s Club is offering a 2007 Hybrid Technologies Lithium-powered Smart Car, coupled with a behind-the-scenes VIP trip for four to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for a shuttle launch; the ultimate NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race experience; an exclusive, all-access trip to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games from Coca-Cola® and a visit with venerable Southern cook Paula Deen, in Savannah, Ga.
“Our highly anticipated Once-in-a-Lifetime packages are designed to deliver unforgettable and meaningful experiences and merchandise at exceptional values,” said Scott Williams, Vice President of e-Commerce at Sam’s Club. “We are excited about these gift ideas and worked hard to make each truly unique for our Members and potential purchasers.”
Sam’s Club is in its fourth year of offering the Once-in-a-Lifetime packages and highlights the items in its holiday and spring catalogs, while offering them for purchase online at samsclub.com. Interested purchasers must be a Sam’s Club Member in order to complete the order. Annual Membership fees range from $35 to $100.
Sam’s Club 2007 Once-In-A-Lifetime Packages:
The 2007 Hybrid Technologies Lithium-powered Smart Car is a zero-emission vehicle and features cutting-edge technology from NASA, while being cool enough for A-list celebrities, including George Clooney, who drives a similar model. The national space center contributed space-based intelligence for the car’s advanced battery system. This unique gift package also includes a behind-the-scenes, VIP trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, to witness a shuttle launch first-hand. This package is offered for $35,000.
The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Package from Coca-Cola® is a must-have gift for those interested in experiencing athletic competition at the highest level possible. In partnership with Olympic sponsor Coca-Cola, this package begins with exceptional seats to the Opening Ceremony and tickets for four to several premier events to see the hottest Olympic action up close. Additionally, it includes a full-service hospitality suite. The package also includes five-star accommodations for four, as well as airfare to Beijing. This entire experience is offered at $75,000.
Feel the need for speed? Then check out the “NASCAR Insider’s Racing Experience.” This unique experience for four includes a six-day “insider” trip to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Charlotte, N.C. These four lucky motor sports fans will feel the heat of the engines and walk the unforgiving asphalt of Lowe’s Motor Speedway. They’ll also get to become honorary crew members and take a hot lap around the track in the official pace car before Sunday’s big race. Additionally, this package includes the unparalleled opportunity to meet seven-time NASCAR racing champion Richard Petty, while watching the race from the Petty Enterprises Condo on Turn 1. This thrilling package is offered at $24,800.
Take a friend to Savannah for a visit with Food Network chef and cookbook author Paula Deen. This package includes deluxe accommodations for two, including a four-night stay at the Marshall House, in the heart of the city’s historic district. Also, this opportunity includes airfare and limousine services to and from the airport. In addition, the two lucky culinary fans will get tickets to “Paula’s Party” and a back stage meet-and–greet with Paula. Further, this package includes a collection of Paula’s books, featuring an autographed copy of her new memoir, as well as dinner at The Lady and Sons Restaurant and other notable eateries. This delectable package is offered at $3,800.
The Paula Deen package is available at samsclub.com, beginning at 10:00 p.m. CST, on Oct. 10, 2007. The Olympic Games and NASCAR packages will be available for purchase at samsclub.com at 10:00 p.m. CST, Nov. 7, 2007. The Lithium-Powered Electric Car and NASA trip package will be available at samsclub.com at 12:00 p.m. CST, Nov. 8, 2007.
Hopeful buyers will have to click fast for these packages, as each will be sold to the first qualified purchaser able to complete the transaction, and there is only one of each package. In 2006, Sam’s Club sold a Cessna Citation Mustang Jet for $2,734,600 sold in less than 60 seconds.
About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (NYSE:WMT). The first Sam’s Club opened its doors in Midwest City, Okla., in 1983. Today, Sam’s Club serves more than 47 million U.S. Members with locations nationwide, and in Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Sam’s Club offers exceptional values on merchandise and services for business owners and consumers. Online merchandise and Club information is available at samsclub.com.