The spring fundraising season is in full swing and the coming weekend offers great opportunities for shopping, grilling, wine tasting and music — all for the benefit of others.
Belk stores across the Tri-Cities will open early Saturday for their annual spring charity sale, a four-hour shopping extravaganza to benefit charitable organizations and schools in the communities where the stores do business.
From 6-10 a.m., discounts ranging from 20 to 70 percent will be offered on merchandise, including rarely discounted designer brands, dresses, purses, shoes, children’s apparel and jewelry. The first 100 shoppers to enter the doors at each store will receive gifts cards and door prizes will be awarded, including a $1,000 gift card to one shopper in the company’s 16-state market area.
Tickets are $5 and include a coupon good for $5 off the shopper’s first purchase. They will be available at any Belk store or any participating charity or school. All proceeds from the ticket sales will go the participating nonprofit organizations, which also stand to win one of three $1,000 prizes to be awarded.
Held biannually at each of 303 stores, the charity sale raised more than $5 million for hundreds of participating nonprofit organizations during its last installment in November. More information about the sale can be found online at www.Belk.com/charitysale.
The annual Toy and Hobby Show for Children’s Miracle Network services for kids receiving care at area Wellmont hospitals will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray.
Now in its sixth year, the show features collectibles items, vintage toys, comic books, sports cards, action figures, NASCAR memorabilia and more. Comic book illustrator Gary Kwapisz will be sketching on site at the show and also offering a selection of his art for sale. Show hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is $3.
About 20 vendors had pre-registered for the show on Wednesday and display space in the Home and Garden building at the center of the fairgrounds was still available. Display tables with peg board walls are $50 each or 3 for $120, and interior row tables are two for $50. To reserve a table or for more information, call Michael Stevens at 538-0202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After two great days of shopping, the Children’s Advocacy Center of the 1st Judicial District is inviting everyone to slow down, eat, drink and help abused and neglected children across the region at its annual Chillin’ and Grillin’ benefit Sunday afternoon at the Farmhouse Gallery & Gardens in Unicoi.
The event will once again showcase the wines and beers of Advocacy Center supporter and Chillin’ and Grillin’ sponsor One Stop Wines and Liquors, and the signature dishes and hot-off the-grill favorites of area eateries, including The Peerless Restaurant, Dixie Outpost, Papa Murphy’s, Tipton Street Pub and The Farmhouse Gallery & Gardens, dished up with the Advocacy Center board of directors’ own low country boil. Music will be provided by The Barley Men.
The benefit will get under way at 3 p.m. and will wrap up at 5:30 at the gallery at 121 Covered Bridge Lane, Unicoi. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased in advance at the Children’s Advocacy Center at 201 E. Myrtle Ave., at One Stop Wine and Liquors and One Stop Market at 1912 S. Roan St., at Peoples Community Bank at 300 Sunset Drive, or online at www.childrens-advocacy-center.net.
All proceeds will go to the Children’s Advocacy Center to help children in Washington, Carter, Johnson and Unicoi counties who have been severely physically or sexually abused. For more information about the event, call the center at 926-6528 or One Stop at 926-2448.
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