It’s that time of year again when hundreds of non-profit organizations race to participate in the semi-annual Belk Charity Sale.

The event will be held from 6-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. The four-hour shopping sale directly benefits non-profit charities and schools, allowing them to keep 100 percent  of each $5 ticket sold, while providing shoppers an opportunity to save 20 to 70 percent off purchases that day on seldom discounted merchandise.

“Our store here in Waxahachie has participated in the Charity Sale since it started five years ago,” said Waxahachie Belk Store manager Eddie Carty. “This sale will be a closed door event and the ticket provides entrance into the store for the four-hour sale.”

Carty noted that the first 250 people through the door, on the morning of Nov. 5, will receive a gift and a mystery gift card which will allow them to save from 20–70 percent on many items.

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“Local businesses, which includes Chick-fil-A and Donut Depot will be on hand to serve free food to customers who come out that morning,” Carty said.

There is no limit to the number of tickets charities can sell, or to the amount of money they can raise. Belk provides tickets and informational materials at no cost to each participating organization.

“This is our opportunity to give back to our community,” Carty said. “Each year we have more than 40 charitable organizations to participate, and as of now, we have 25 signed up.”

Charitable organizations that participate include fire departments, Boy Scouts, church and school organization.

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

Beginning Friday, Oct. 28, tickets may also be purchased at Belk stores with all revenues from in-store ticket sales equally divided among participating nonprofits and schools at each local store.

On the morning of the Belk Charity Sale, participating non-profits and schools at each Belk location will register to win one of three $1,000 donations from Belk.

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

“Also, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” Carty said. “Belk will donate 1 percent of sales for this event – Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Charity representatives interested in taking part in this one-of-a-kind fundraising event should contact Angela Faseler, who is coordinating the event for Belk, at 972-937-0347, extension 210. Organizations must have an IRS Section 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service.

Contact Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com or 469-517-1450.