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Belk Fall Charity Sale open as fundraiser to all nonprofits
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Belk Fall Charity Sale

When: 6-10 a.m. Nov. 5

Where: Belk, Lakeshore Mall, 150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville

To use event as fundraiser: Call Lisa Lassiter, store manager, at 770-532-7021, ext. 201

The Belk Fall Charity Sale is coming up on Nov. 5, and nonprofit groups can go ahead and contact the Gainesville store at Lakeshore Mall to become one of the agencies fundraising from the sale this fall.

Among the previous nonprofits to benefit from such sales in the company’s 16-state region are March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, American Red Cross, schools and churches.

Groups must have a 501(c)(3) designation with the IRS to take part in the fundraiser, but there is no limit on the number of nonprofits that may participate.

Local nonprofits and schools should call Lisa Lassiter, the Gainesville store manager, at 770-532-7021, ext. 201, to figure out how to get involved with the sale.

Each customer will be required to purchase a $5 ticket, either from a nonprofit or from the Belk store, to be able to make a purchase during the sale, which runs from 6-10 a.m. Nov. 5. That money will go fully to the nonprofit that sold it. If the ticket is sold by Belk, the money will be equally split among all the charities participating at the local store.

All customers will receive $5 off their initial purchase, as well. And the first 100 customers receive a gift card with somewhere between $5 and $100 on it, as well as a chance to win one of three $1,000 Belk gift cards that will be awarded companywide.

Additionally, participating charities and schools will be entered in a companywide drawing for one of three $1,000 donations from Belk.

The store said in a press release there will also be in-store discounts during the four-hour sale, which runs right up until Belk’s usual 10 a.m. Saturday opening time.

“Belk is especially proud of our ability to give back to the communities who have supported us so much over the years,” said Jessica Graham, Belk vice president of communications and community relations, in a press release. “There is no limit to the number of organizations that can participate, the number of tickets they can sell or the amount of money they can raise — so everyone benefits.”

The company said it raised more than $11 million for schools and nonprofits during its two Charity Sale events in 2015.

“Some of the participating nonprofits raise more funds through this sale than any other effort, so we hope all Belk customers will take part in giving back to their communities while they shop,” Graham said.

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