Creating a better community – Belk makes donation to United Way of Central Alabama & the Greater Alabama Council of Boy Scouts of America

Belk Supports Birmingham Area Nonprofits – United Way & The Boy Scouts of America Receive Donations

Community support an integral part of Belk mission


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – February 9, 2012 Belk, Inc. recently showed its support for United Way of Central Alabama with a donation of $50,000, and a $5000 donation to the Boy Scouts of America.  Jan Clevenger, chair of the Belk Western Division based in Birmingham, and Gary Siler, senior vice president and director of stores, recently presented the check to Tommy Youngblood of the Greater Alabama Council Boy Scouts of America at the Riverchase Galleria Belk store. Participating in the check presentation event were Scouts representing local Troops 21 and 396, Den 393 and Cub Pack 93.


“I know from my own experience the value of lessons learned in Scouting,” said Siler, who earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a youth and later served on the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts Council in St. Louis, Mo.

“Scouting is one of the enduring institutions in our country,” Siler said. “Belk is honored to support an organization that has had such a positive influence on boys and young men. Regardless of the changes in society over the years, the Boy Scouts have been steadfast in their mission to build character, encourage responsible citizenship and develop personal fitness.”

“We’re excited to have the support of Belk,” said Tommy Youngblood, director of development of the Greater Alabama Council, “and we greatly appreciate their generosity and interest in helping local youth and families.”


Clevenger and Siler, along with Dennis Ripple, vice president and regional manager; and Matthew Dutton, general manager of Belk at Riverchase Galleria, later presented the United Way check to Drew Langloh, president and CEO of United Way of Central Alabama, Inc.


As Scouts from local Troops 21 and 396, Den 393 and Cub Pack 93 look on, Tommy Youngblood, left, director of development for the Council, accepts the check from Jan Clevenger, center, chair of the Belk Western Division and Gary Siler, right, senior vice president and director of stores.


“Belk embraces the United Way of Central Alabama’s vision of building a great community by bringing people together to help others, as well as their values of integrity, accountability and excellence in the work they do,” said Clevenger. “We are honored to help fund the tremendous scope of programs and resources that United Way provides to so many citizens in the greater Birmingham area. Along with the United Way’s other partner agencies and organizations, Belk appreciates the work done by the YWCA of Central Alabama, United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham and Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Alabama.”

“United Way of Central Alabama is fortunate to have Belk as a corporate partner. In addition to this generous financial contribution, its employees have also made a significant contribution in volunteer hours to our nonprofit agencies,” said Langloh. “Belk has shown a sincere commitment to the United Way of Central Alabama as well as the people we serve.”