CHICKASHA — Stage stores raised $896,295 for local organizations during their "30 Days of Giving campaign in March, including $1,750 from the Chickasha Stage and Goody's locations.
Stage Stores, which includes Bealls, Goody's, Palais Royal, Peebles and Stage, sells brand-name clothes, accessories, cosmetics and shoes in 849 stores in small or mid-size towns.
The campaign allowed customers to donate $1, $5 or $10 to organizations in their community.
"The success of our '30 Days of Giving' initiative wouldn't have been possible without the enthusiasm and support of both our customers and store associates," said Stage Stores CEO Michael Glazer. "I am elated when I think about the positive impact these many organizations have on their local communities and the good that can be done with the money they will receive as a result of this campaign."
Donations from the Chickasha location went to the Oklahoma Twisters Shining Stars, a special needs cheerleading team.
Oklahoma Twisters Director of Special Needs Leslee Boswell said the nonprofit organization has to have money for uniforms, transportation to competitions, hotel accommodations, food and registration fees.
"We don't want funding to be an issue that prevents children from participating," Boswell said.
Parents of special-needs children already have high expenditures for things like medical bills, so any donation to help cover the cost of the sport will help, she said.
"We were honored that a wonderful organization like Stage sees that these girls are working hard," Boswell said. "We're not in the Chickasha community, so we're honored [to receive donations from the Chickasha store]."
Customers also received a Saving Pass 30 percent discount for use during the big spring sale for donating.