BOOsters and Pumpkins

The BOOsters are happy little friendly ghosts sold throughout the month of October in area banks, restaurants, cleaners, convenience stores, and many other businesses. For only $1.00, anyone can purchase a BOOster, place his or her name or business card on it and have it displayed. This is a great way to decorate area businesses for the holiday while providing fun, friendly competition, and funds to help continue the outreach of the Eblen Charities.

Eblen Charitable Group Pumpkin Sales: Much like the BOOster sales, these bright paper pumpkins are sold for $1.00 during the month of October in area schools and Ingles Markets. This program sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, Ingle’s Markets, Pepsi, and Clear Channel radio stations benefits the programs of the Eblen Charities  and helps provide a community program to the area schools with the premise of children helping children. Schools also have the opportunity to win prizes and equipment for their school. The school with the most over all sales is awarded the Frank Lewis Memorial Award, named in memory of our long time friend and Buncombe County educator, Frank Lewis.


A Bake Sale…A Talent Show…A weeks’ worth of tips…
BOOsters & Pumpkins 2019 Results
Area companies, banks, credit unions, restaurants, schools, Ingles and neighborhoods came together in the month of October for the Eblen Charities BOOster and Pumpkin fundraising campaign. Thank you to all of you who purchased these happy little icons from our area students, at Ingles Markets, Bojangles or at your bank or Credit union.
The BOOster and Pumpkins are the fall fund raising campaign that brings the community together in very creative ways. Bojangles hosts a bake sale, North Buncombe High School raises money through a student talent show, Enka Middle has a staff dodgeball game, and one young man donated a weeks’ worth of his tips to the campaign at AC Reynolds High School! Many children also dress up as favorite characters or have wacky hair.
To date $ 67,317.94 has been collected with more to come. “The BOOster and Pumpkin funds are vital to all of the non-governmental programs at Eblen. Our 2nd grade dental sealant program, the student clothing project, medication and our adult rental assistance all depend on the funds raised during this campaign and others throughout the year. The ability to help people with what they need, without much red tape is what Eblen does and we are able to do it because of these and other generous donations” explains Susan Riddle .
Special thanks to Bojangles for being our top seller, raising $12,702, Ingles Markets with $6,477 in only 2 weeks! And AC Reynolds High School with $4941.76…that weeks’ worth of tips put them over the top! Enka High school is a very close second at $4,835.12.