Sunday, July 19, 2009

Belk Spring Charity Sale Raises More Than $5 Million For Nonprofits

Belk, Inc. announced recently that its semi-annual Belk Charity Sale raised more than $5 million for hundreds of local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 16-state market area.

In return for a $5 donation to participating nonprofits, customers received a ticket admitting them to the Charity Sale, held on May 2, 2009, and entitling them to discounts ranging from 20 to 50 percent on merchandise throughout the store. Proceeds from tickets sold at the door were also donated and divided among participating charities.

“Belk welcomes the opportunity to support the good work of charitable and nonprofit organizations in the markets we serve,” said Tim Belk, chairman and CEO of Belk, Inc. “We want to thank everyone who participated in the Charity Sale, which resulted in donations of more than $5 million to benefit nonprofit organizations in their communities.”

The Blue Ridge Humane Society in Hendersonville, N.C., is one example of the many nonprofits that benefited from the Belk Charity Sale. During the sale, humane society volunteers manned an informational booth in the store and showcased one of their favorite pups, Keiko, a four-year-old Chihuahua in need of a home. Although he was not adopted that day, he found a home just one week later.

“We were excited to participate in Belk’s Charity Sale,” said Carolyn Paden, executive director of the Blue Ridge Humane Society. “We are always grateful for an opportunity to help homeless animals in our area and to help them find forever-homes.”

The Davenport School of the Arts (DSA) in Davenport, Fla., also participated in the sale. Students in the school’s drama department sold tickets to Belk’s Charity Sale on the night of one of their theatrical productions in an effort to raise funds for their program.

“We appreciate Belk reaching out to us,” said Robert Moszenburg, a drama teacher at DSA. “We look forward to participating in the next Charity Sale event.”
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