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Belk Announces 2012 Award of Excellence Winners

Six Belk Associates Recognized for Exemplary Community Service and Caring for Others

Sep 17, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 17, 2012–Six Belk associates have been named winners of the 2012 Belk Award of Excellence. Each received a $500 cash prize and the Award of Excellence trophy at a luncheon hosted by Belk top management in Charlotte on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.  In addition, each winner received an additional $500 to present to the charity of his or herchoice.

“We salute these winners for their outstanding community achievements and spirit of giving,” said Tim Belk, chairman and CEO, Belk, Inc.  “This award was established 33 years ago to recognize outstanding community service which remains a cornerstone of our company’s values. We are inspired by each winner’s story and their compassion and dedication to helping others.”

The annual award is the highest honor given to Belk associates for outstanding community service and job performance. It is designed to acknowledge and promote the spirit of service that is a hallmark of Belk stores.

The 2012 Award of Excellence winners, who were selected by a panel of fellow associates from among 125 nominees, are:

Jackie Dennis, sales associate, Belk of Valdosta Mall, Valdosta, Ga.

Keith Desselles, operations team manager, Belk of Stirling Covington Shopping Center,Covington, La.

Pam Harris, sales associate, Belk, Four Seasons Towne Centre, Greensboro, N.C.

Angie McCranie, sales team manager, Belk of Natchez Mall, Natchez, Miss. 

Stephanie Pritchett, cosmetics counter manager, Belk of North Creek Shopping Center, Thomaston, Ga.

Paige Sarvis, regional administrative assistant, Belk Savannah, Ga.Region

The following stories describe some of the key reasons why these Belk associates were selected as 2012 Belk Award of Excellence winners:

Sales Associate, Belk of Valdosta Mall, Valdosta, Ga.

(For more information about this winner, contact Paul Clingan, vice president and regional store manager, Valdosta, Ga. Region, 229-244-6391,

Jackie Dennis, who works part-time at Belk, is a breast cancer survivor who gives back to her community by volunteering at the local cancer center and with the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs.  She has surmounted personal challenges, returned to school, and launched a new career as a teacher of students with emotional disorders. She has helped her most challenged students achieve academic goals, and comforted Belk customers confronting their own health challenges. Jackie is also active in three churches in her community.

Operations Team Manager, Belk of Stirling Covington Shopping Center, Covington, La.

(For more information about this winner, contact Cloviece Sanders, store manager, Belk of Covington, La., 985-809-0366,

Facing challenges as a child, Keith Desselles recognized early on he’d been given the chance to do more with his life. 

He learned the value of service to othersas a Boy Scout, where he rose to the level of Eagle Scout, and he followed in his father’s footsteps as a member and leader in United Commercial Travelers, a non-profit financial membership organization that supports communities and causes across North America. 

Today, Keith is president of his local United Commercial Travelers council and coordinates volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics of Louisiana, and ARC, an organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He and his wife are also foster parents.

Sales Associate, Belk of Four Seasons Towne Centre, Greensboro, N.C.

(For more informationabout this winner, contact Alice Shue, store manager, Belk of Four Seasons Towne Centre, 336-299-7633,

Pam Harris built her first career in nursing, and she’s channeled a natural care and concern for others into a lifetime of giving. In her neighborhood, she organized a Community Watch program to ensure residents’ safety. Pam regularly works in a localsoup kitchen and a night shelter, both sponsored by her church. Last year Pam retired from her position as a hospital nursing supervisor and immediately began using her new-found time on a project to assist individuals with chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes yet who are under-insured or uninsured. Pam wanted to provide a place where these patients could go free of charge to learn about health and wellness issues and how to manage their conditions. When her church made space available, Pam called on the doctors and pharmaceutical companies she had worked with for years to help setup a free health clinic for those in need.  She has organized volunteers and has begun writing grants to ensure the clinic’s long-term viability. The clinic has been in operation for 11 months serving northeastern Guilford County in North Carolina.

Sales Team Manager, Belk of NatchezMall,Natchez,Miss. 

(For more information about this winner, contact Mary Flach, store manager, Belk of Natchez Mall, Natchez, Miss., 601-442-5559,

Angie McCranieis a top-performing member of her store with 14 years of service who extends her goodwill into the community by spending time with the elderly in nursing homes and spearheading the store’s breast cancer fundraising campaign.  She recentl yorganized bake sales and barbecue dinners, and created a nonprofit charity team for the local Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate that made the Natchez Belk store the top Komen fundraiser in Belk’s Jackson, Miss.region. 

She and her husband are dedicated caregivers for a strong and loving family that has endured repeated health challenges and loss, including caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease.

Cosmetics Counter Manager, Belk of North Creek Shopping Center, Thomaston, Ga.

(For more informationabout this winner, contact Jamie Alexander, store manager,Belk of North Creek Shopping Center, Thomaston, Ga., 706-648-2131,

Stephanie Pritchett and her husband have led a local youth ministry for 23 years, and in 2004, founded RUSH –“Reaching Unchurched Students for Him”with a goal of encouraging children to attend a local church. The annual RUSH Weekend has become a premiere youth gathering in the Southeast, with thousands attending the event. 

RUSH recently launched CellPhones4Life, an initiative to raise awareness of sex trafficking both locally and abroad. Cell phones are collected and recycled to generate funds that pay for counselors, nurses, and safe houses for victims of trafficking. For a decade, Stephanie has led volunteers on overseas mission trips that have provided aid tomore than 1,000 children in orphanages and impoverished communities. She also runs a summer meal program in the local public schools and raises money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure at Belk’s cosmetics counter. Additionally, Stephanie was recognized for administering emergency life-saving first aid to a 10-year-old boy seriously injured in an automobile accident. 

Regional Administrative Assistant, Belk Savannah, Ga.Region

(For more information about this winner, contact Mark Sonenshein, vice president and regional store manager, Belk Savannah, Ga. Region, 912-352-1830, Ext. 201,

Paige Sarvis is hailed as an ambassador, advocate and volunteer superstar in her hometown of Savannah. She coordinates Belk’s annual employee campaign for United Way and is recognized as engaging, knowledgeable, and passionate about mobilizing the caring power of communities.

Paige is a member of the board of directorsof the local Rape Crisis Center, where as president she helped make a more compelling case for United Way funding. She has also advanced the center’s fund-raising through events such as the “Unmaskerade” Gala, Celebrity Chili Cook-Off, and Jeans for Justice Day at Belk.

Paige plays an active role in Savannah’s thriving arts sceneas avolunteer for the international Savannah Music Festival each year, where she ushers for 28 concerts over 18 days. When the American Traditions Competitionevent was added to the festival, Paige took on the role of coordinating and training volunteers for the week-long vocal contest which draws participants and judges from around the globe. Each year, she successfully recruits 180 volunteers to staff 12 events.

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Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. ( is the nation’s largest privately owned mainline department store company with 303 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states.  The company was founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., and is in the third generation of Belk family leadership. Its Web site offers a wide assortment of fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. To connect with Belk via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blog, mobilephone text messages or by email, go to: Belk Get Connected.

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