IN BRIEF

STREEP AT BLOOMINGDALE’S: It’s all a matter of public service. Meryl Streep and movie producer Stephen Humphrey Bogart will be on the first floor of Bloomingdale’s 59th Street flagship in Manhattan today at 6 p.m. to present Katie Couric with an award for co-founding The National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance. Following the awards presentation, Bloomingdale’s will kick off another “Hot @” campaign, where the company dictates the “must-have” items of the season, for those who want to look cool. A portion of all purchases on a Bloomingdale’s charge card from tonight through March 24 will be donated to NCCRA. To date, the store has raised $1.8 million for the charity.

UNLIMITED APPROVAL: A committee of Intimate Brands directors has recommended that shareholders approve the sweetened offer The Limited Inc. made for the 16 percent of IBI that Limited doesn’t already own. Under the amended terms, IBI shareholders would receive 1.1 shares of Limited stock for every share of IBI tendered, 5 percent above the original exchange rate of 1.046 Limited shares per IBI share. The offer, which is set to expire March 20, is a 12 percent premium over the value of the two issues on Feb. 4, the date of the original offer.

RIMINI ROULETTE: Shaw Behzad has stepped down from his post as design director at social-occasion line Rimini, a division of The Leslie Fay Co. He is succeeded by Eric Lurvey, who joined the company in 1993 and was most recently an associate designer. Lurvey will co-design the line with Craig Connole, who joined the company in July. John Pomerantz, chief executive officer of Leslie Fay, which acquired Rimini when it purchased The Warren Group dress firm in 1998, said the parting was “mutual.” Behzad was unavailable for comment.

FASHION TOUCHES ISRAEL: Industry leaders Rob Feinberg, president of Phoebe Co., and Al Fenner, president of Maribu Textiles, will be honored for their generous support toward a renovated emergency facility at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. The two donors will receive the “Jerusalem Award” at a dinner in New York March 20. The award is sponsored by the American Committee for Shaare Zedek, based in Manhattan.

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