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Nonprofits sought for upcoming fundraiser

Belk Charity Sale set for Nov. 9

POSTED: October 29, 2013 12:29 a.m.
 

A local retailer is encouraging area nonprofits to sign up for a fall fundraiser.

Belk in Lakeland Plaza will again take part in the Fall Charity Sale, in which Belk locations across the retailer’s 16-state market team up with charitable organizations.

Through the event, which will be held from 6 to 10 a.m. Nov. 9, representatives of nonprofits sell $5 admission tickets.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from each ticket sale are retained by the charity and there is no limit to how many tickets any organization can sell.

Belk will provide the tickets, as well as informational materials, at no cost to every participating organization.

Kelly Freese, manager of the local Belk, said the Charity Sale is hold each spring and fall. Each sale typically draws dozens of local nonprofits.

“We have typically 50 to 75 organizations and groups. There’s everything from the Humane Society to tons of different schools and civic clubs,” she said. “Many of them come back time after time to take part in the sale because it’s such a great fundraiser for them.”

Freese said there is no limit on how many nonprofits can take part in the sale and she’s always looking for more.

“Any of them who want to learn more about, can come by the store or call us,” she said.

Customers who purchase a Charity Sale ticket will receive 20 to 70 percent off purchases storewide, including special savings on rarely discounted brands.

In addition, they will automatically receive the cost of their $5 admission ticket off their first purchase, and the first 100 customers to arrive at each store will receive a Belk gift card ranging in value from $5 to $100. They will also have a chance to win one of three $1,000 gift cards being awarded company-wide.

Freese said customers who want to sleep in don’t have to do their shopping during the actual sale.

Beginning Nov. 3, patrons can purchase their ticket and do advance shopping.

“It’s a presale event too,” Freese said. “You can come in the whole week prior and … pick out what you want, we ring it up and you can come back and get it whenever you want, but you still get those amazing prices.”

Participating charities will also be registered to win one of three $1,000 donations from Belk in a companywide drawing.

Tickets to the event can be bought in advance by any of the participating charities, and beginning Nov. 3, tickets may also be purchased at any Belk store with all revenues from in-store tickets sales equally divided among the participating organizations at that store.

In years past, Freese said the event has raised as much as $100,000 in total for local charities.

“It’s not too late for any nonprofit organization or booster club to sign up to participate,” she said.

 

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