By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Retail | Issue: April 2010
Belk Tulsa Hills store manager Victoria Martinez combines fun, shopping and charitable giving in two upcoming events.
Belk Tulsa Hills is pleased to give back to the community by hosting not one, but two major charitable fundraising events.
On Thursday, April 29, Belk will host Spring Fling to benefit Crosstown Learning Center. This first-ever event for the Tulsa Hills store is sponsored by Lancôme and T-Mobile, and will feature an array of other local businesses to support Crosstown’s efforts.
For over 40 years, Crosstown Learning Center has been providing quality care and learning opportunities for children up to five years old who live in poverty. More than 85 percent of enrollment is comprised of very low-income families, with parents who are working or going to school and using subsidized care through DHS. Their DHS reimbursement is significantly lower than the cost it takes to properly care for these children at the most critical time in their lives.
Crosstown has attained the highest national accreditation possible for early childhood education. They also offer parent education programs, which administrators hope to develop further with the help of proceeds from Spring Fling.
Tickets for this fundraiser, described as “a day of pampering,” are $125 per person. They include a goodie bag valued at $175 containing several Lancôme products, including some of their most expensive items. A flavored tea bar will provide a tasty shopping break, as will delicious food samplings from area restaurants such as Outback on RiverWalk, The Melting Pot and Chili’s at Tulsa Hills.
Ticket holders will also be treated to manicures, massages and Lancôme makeovers. A live fashion show will be presented each hour, and door prizes will be given away every half hour. Some of the prizes include two Lancôme baskets worth $500 each, a Clinique basket worth $200 and a strand of pearls from Belk’s fine jewelry department worth $200. “You’re not just writing a check,” says Victoria. “You’re getting something back.” And, she adds, it’s a perfect opportunity to spend a day treating yourself to lots of great “girl stuff” in addition to shopping.
Raffle tickets will be available for the Stuffed Purse promotion that features five handbags stuffed with prizes, valued up to $1,500. All the prizes are donated from local businesses. The handbags will be raffled at the end of the event.
On Saturday, May 1, Belk will present its annual Charity Sale, a morning of special savings to benefit local charities and civic, cultural and educational organizations. This event is held in all 300 Belk stores nationwide. During the weeks leading up to the event, participating charities sell tickets for $5 each, keeping all the money raised. On Charity Sale day, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., ticket holders get $5 off their first purchase in the store. “They get their money back in merchandise,” says Victoria. “Plus, they can take advantage of additional discounts on top of already discounted merchandise.”
Some brands that are rarely discounted will be slashed from 20 to 70 percent for the sale. Women’s, men’s, children’s, lingerie, shoes, accessories, travel, home and fine jewelry departments will feature some of the lowest prices of the season, with only a few exclusions throughout the store. In addition to the savings and money back in merchandise, the first 100 customers to enter the store will get Belk gift cards ranging from $5 to $1,000.
For further information about either fundraising and shopping event – Spring Fling on April 29 or the Charity Sale on May 1 – contact Victoria Martinez at (918) 447-6823, extension 210. Belk Tulsa Hills is located at 7309 S. Olympia Ave., 71st St. and I-75 South.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.