Gottschalks closure hurts charities

As Gottschalks prepares to close its doors, California isn't just losing a retail icon -- it's also losing a major supporter of local charities in Sacramento.

At least one organizer of a women's conference already is knocking on doors and looking for donors -- it may need as many as three -- to make up for the work that Gottschalks did.

The 105-year-old Fresno-based department store filed for bankruptcy in January and was bought by liquidators who are in the process of closing all 61 stores.

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