By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: Special Interest | Issue: November 2009
Krystle Soudek, Lancome beauty advisor at Belk, and Breeah Nuttle, Estée Lauder beauty advisor, are ready to help make Belk Charity Day a success.
As the holidays approach with lightning speed, the shopping bug hits many of us with full force. But often, thoughts turn to less self-centered pursuits as well when we think of those less fortunate during this otherwise festive time of year. What if one could shop and bargain hunt to the heart’s content, and help others, too?
Belk has made such an endeavor possible, with its annual Charity Sale. On November 7, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., customers can present a $5 ticket, which will entitle them to up to 55 percent off a huge array of Belk items – including some rarely discounted brands – and the proceeds will go to the charity of their choice. “This is a great way to do a little retail therapy and help your favorite charity at the same time,” says Victoria Martinez, manager of Tulsa’s Belk at 71st and Highway 75.
Many local charities and community organizations will be represented at this event, including Youth at Heart, Prevent Blindness, American Legion, YMCA, Crisis Pregnancy and the SPCA, just to name a few. Tickets, or “shopping passes,” can be purchased from the organization itself, or at Belk, where the customer can specify the charity he or she wishes the proceeds to benefit. Not only will this pass gain the customer entrance to the sale, but it will also give them the chance to win $1,000.
Perhaps you would like to buy a ticket, but will not be available to shop on the morning of November 7. Victoria points out that Belk will have a presale for such customers. “Any time starting November 1, you can present your ticket in the store and shop early for the charity event,” says Victoria. “You will get first picks of all the latest fashions and be able to pick up your purchases anytime after November 7.”
Belk is a relatively new name to department store shoppers in the Tulsa area, but Belk was established in 1888 and is the largest family-owned department store chain in the United States. “What separates us from other high-end department stores is that we do a lot of grass roots events like this,” says Victoria. “We try to reach out to the community, having appreciation days for the military, teachers, healthcare workers and other service-oriented groups.” Belk sponsors special events like Ladies Night, with free food and wine and mini-vendors, as well. Victoria also points out that customer service is very important to Belk. “We go the extra mile to remain close to customers, even offering bag service to the car.”
Victoria notes that because Belk is so new on the Oklahoma landscape, not everyone recognizes the name or knows what it is, but she sees its popularity growing as more and more people discover it. “If you’ve never been to a Belk before, the Charity Day is a great opportunity to find out what we’re all about,” she says with a smile. “I guarantee it will be your new favorite store.”