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ANOTHER MINUTE: Belk sale to benefit local groups

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Fashionistas and bargain hunters don’t typically need an excuse to go shopping, but here is one just in case: More than 50 local groups will benefit from Belk’s Charity Sale this Saturday.

The four-hour in-store shopping event will provide discounts and monies to area charities, schools and nonprofit organizations, according to a news release.

From 6-10 a.m., shoppers can buy gifts -- for themselves or someone else – at a 20 to 70 percent discount.

“Belk is committed to being involved in our communities and supporting causes important to our customers,” company spokeswoman Jessica Graham said. “Each Belk Charity Sale offers us the opportunity to reach thousands of nonprofits across our footprint and to help them raise much needed funds.”

In 2010 Belk’s Charity Sale raised more than $9.5 million for hundreds of participating charitable organizations.

This year, the list of beneficiaries includes United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, Junior League of Murfreesboro, Grace Lutheran, Trinity United Methodist, Northfield Elementary, Lioness Club, Blackman High School, Riverdale Singers and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, among others.

On the morning of the Belk Charity Sale, the first 100 customers in each store will receive free Belk gift cards ranging in value from $5 to $100, and a chance to win one of three $1,000 Belk gift cards awarded company-wide.

Each Charity Sale ticket gives customers $5 off their first purchase including cosmetics and fragrances, 25 percent off shoes, 60 percent off fine jewelry, 25 percent off kids, watches, handbags, dresses, juniors, and the list goes on and on. 

Purchase them directly from participating non-profit organizations now — charities get to keep 100 percent of profits from each $5 ticket they sell.

Additionally, tickets are now on sale at Belk, located at The Avenue Murfreesboro.

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