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Cash for nonprofit groups up for grabs at the mall

March 29th, 2014 8:13 am by Sue Guinn Legg

Cash for nonprofit groups up for grabs at the mall

Cash for Your Cause, The Mall at Johnson City’s annual invitation for shoppers to turn their mall receipts into cash prizes for their favorite nonprofit organizations, is under way and will continue through April 27.

“Cash for Your Cause is our way of contributing to the financial needs of our local charities that are involved in making the lives of people in our community better all year long,” mall Marketing Director Marsha Hammond said.

“If someone purchases $100 worth of merchandise, they get 100 points toward their favorite nonprofit organization. They get exactly what they pay for, and the organization receives points for their purchase.

“With this program, it’s almost like donating money and getting it right back in return.”

This year, the mall will award a total of $12,000 in cash prizes to the three nonprofit organizations that garner the most Cash for Cause points, including a $6,000 first-place award.

Shoppers may bring receipts for purchases made at any of the mall’s 85 stores to the Guest Services Center located on the mall’s lower level and designate their points for their favorite participating organization. Double points will be awarded for receipts from select stores that will alternate weekly, and mall gift cards will be good for triple points every day throughout the promotion.

While all local nonprofit and civic organizations that provide services for children and youth, senior citizens or families in crisis; those that address community health issues; and those that support the arts are eligible, proof of the organization’s federal nonprofit tax-exempt status is required.

Points are updated and rankings of the leading nonprofit organizations are posted weekly at the Guest Services Center and online at www.mallatjohnsoncity.com.

The current top three are Kari’s Heart Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Barracuda Swim Club, with Dawn of Hope and the Washington County Humane Society in a tie for fourth place and the Northeast Tennessee Sports Association in fifth.

Through Sunday, the designated double-point stores will be Aeropostale, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Charley’s Grilled Subs, The Children’s Place, Claire’s Boutique, Fro Z Yo, GNC, Hair Plus, Kay Jewelers and Payless Shoes.

More information about Cash for Your Cause is available at the mall website or may be obtained by contacting Hammond at 282-2830 or mhammond@glimcher.com.

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