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By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL Belk's semi-annual charity sale raised more than $4.75 million for hundreds of charities, schools, and non-profit organizations throughout the company's 16-state market area. On Nov. 6, in return for a $5 donation to charities selling the tickets, customers received discounts ranging from 20 to 70 percent off Belk purchases. Customers also received $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk cardholders received double rewards points.
"Customer support of our Belk Charity Sales continues to grow year after year, which translates into more money raised to support many outstanding charitable causes," said Tim Belk, chairman and CEO of Belk, Inc. Farrago gallery has partnered with Carolyn Barron Montessori School to present an exhibition by budding young artists. Holly Cottage Tea Room will host a Teacup Exchange Jan. 12, 2011. The tea room hosted a teacup exchange Dec. 15, benefiting Coweta Pregnancy Services. Each guest brings a gift-wrapped tea cup and saucer, and exchanges it for another wrapped teacup. Tea, a scone, and condiments are also served. Elizabeth Williams has joined Parks and Mottola Realty. Williams, a University of Tennessee alumnae, is a Coweta native with several years experience with real estate. Formerly with Harry Norman, Williams is a Certified Relocation Specialist and works with buyers and sellers. Williams spent some years in the film and video production industry, bringing with her attention to detail and the ability to perform under time constraints. "Real estate was a natural transition for me, since both my mother and aunt are very active in the business," she said. Williams is the daughter of Dennis and Sally McEntire; her mother is also a Parks and Mottola team member. Rachel Busbee, stylist with ST Hair European Salon, recently worked on a two-day music video and photo shoot for up and coming artist Bree in Atlanta. Busbee took stylists Lizzie Jones and Alex Maloy to assist. The shoot goes into print for national magazines including "Nylon" next year. In addition to the video shoot, Busbee is honing her skills as an educator for Schwarzkopf Professional, traveling through the southeast sharing her technical ability with other stylists and salon owners. Several local businesses served as drop-off points for toy donations to Toys for Tots, including Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty, SMF Cycles, and Wing Busters USA. Wing Busters offered a gift certificate with each toy donation. Sport Clips Haircuts raised $400,000 for the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Operation Uplink program. Texas-based Sport Clips is expected to connect more than 350,000 service members with their families this holiday season. The donation will provide an estimated six million minutes of free talk time via satellite phone for deployed and hospitalized military personnel. Sport Clips' donation is the single largest corporate gift to the program to date and will make available "free call days" to American military once a month in 2011. This is Sports Clips' fourth year of supporting Operation Uplink, and this year, "we had the largest response ever of locally-owned stores in our system, reaching out in their communities to support our Help a Hero efforts through the cut-a-thons we held on Veterans' Day," said Gordon Logan, Sports Clips founder and CEO and Veterans of Foreign Wars member. On Veterans Day, $1 from every haircut went to support the program. Sports Clips, which has a location in Newnan, has been named one of the top 100 franchises in the U.S. by "Entrepreneur" magazine and is the "official haircutter" of the VFW. Wells Fargo was awarded the J. Alton Wingate Economic Partnership Award at the Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs annual meeting on Dec. 9. "Wells Fargo's generous financial support has helped underwrite the provision of loans to hundreds of small North Georgia Businesses," said Grace Fricks, ACE CEO. Wells Fargo has provided grants to support ACE's work and awarded a Wells Fargo NEXT award for innovation to ACE for the Georgia Green Loans program. ACE's Save and Sustain program provides loans for energy efficiency improvements at a 3 percent interest rate. Free Pancake Day, to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network and other charities, is coming up March 1. On March 1, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., IHOP restaurants will offer a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In return, IHOP asks customers to consider making voluntary donations to Children's Miracle Network or other charities. This is the sixth year of offering free pancakes on National Pancake Day. In the first five years, IHOP and its customers raised more than $5.35 million for CMN and other causes. In 2011, IHOP hopes to raise an additional $2.3 million for children's causes. At its December, meeting, the Georgia State board of Cosmetology ratified a cease and desist order against Kim Jackson and Kim's Kuts for unlicensed practice. Georgia Farm Bureau held its 72nd annual convention Dec. 5-7 on Jekyll Island. Greene County cattle, poultry and hay farmer Zippy Duvall was elected to a third two-year term as president of Farm Bureau, the state's largest general agriculture organization. At the convention, delegates also approved the organization's 220-page policy book. The policy book update included an additional sentence about the organization's status on immigration laws, saying that the organization opposes "any immigration law that discriminates against the farm worker and puts the farmers of Georgia at a disadvantage to farmers in other states." Charter Financial Corporation reported a net income for its fiscal year ending Sept. 30 of $5.9 million, or $0.32 per basic and diluted share, compared with $2.3 million, or $0.13 per basic share, for the year ending September 2009. The higher net income was primarily attributed to a purchase gain on the assets acquired in the FDIC-assisted acquisition of McIntosh Commercial Bank. (To submit an item for business briefs, e-mail Sarah Fay Campbell at . You can also fax to 770-253-2538, mail to The Times-Herald, 16 Jefferson Street, Newnan, GA 30263, or drop of during normal business hours. E-mail submissions are preferred. Briefs promoting an event should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.)

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