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Belk Donates $10,000 to Knoxville YWCA

Mike Jones and Dixie Minatra from Belk. Marigail Mullin and Lynne Fugate from the YWCA Knoxville. Photo by YWCA.

KNOXVILLE -- Belk recently made a donation of $10,000 to the YWCA Knoxville. This donation will be used to support all programs that the YWCA has for low-income women and their families in the community.

Belk is the nation's largest privately owned mainline department store company with more than 300 fashion department stores in 16 contiguous Southern states. Belk considers community involvement and charity to be an essential part of their mission. Women's health, education, and community are the three focuses of Belk's community efforts.

The mission of the YWCA is to create opportunities for women's growth, leadership and power in order to attain a common vision. This donation will help to improve YWCA programs such as the YWCA Transitional Housing Program which offers women a safe place to stay and time to become self-sufficient and the YWCA free After-School Enrichment Program for middle school aged children in need.

"We are very excited to accept this donation," Executive Director, Marigail Mullin said. "The funding will allow us to expand our services to those in need."

Belk's rich heritage of community involvement and philanthropy dates back to the company's founders who believed strongly in the importance of giving back to the communities that made the success of their company possible.

Published February 2, 2011

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