BOOsters and Pumpkins

Our Signature Fundraiser is Going Virtual!
The Eblen Charities Pumpkin Campaign is our longest-running fundraiser, which started out with hand-cut ghosts, and evolved into pumpkins and ghosts that could be seen in local Ingles Markets (October 7-27), local schools, area banks, credit unions, dry cleaners, restaurants and other local businesses. Each colorful pumpkin or friendly ghost sold, added to the Halloween decor of participating businesses and schools for nearly three decades. 
This year the pandemic has changed the way we do things almost daily. The BOOsters and Pumpkins fundraiser is one of Eblen’s key fundraisers, helping hundreds of families receive assistance throughout the year. Eblen meets needs not covered by federal funds for heating, utilities and housing. These requests include clothing, shoes, eye glasses, medication, gas for medical appointments. This program brightens the lives of so many families each year who receive assistance from Eblen’s General Fund Programs.
This year Bojangles is Rounding Up to be a BOOster by asking customers to donate by rounding up their change for Eblen Charities.  Bojangles has 14 participating Bojangles restaurants here in WNC.  Bojangles raised $12,702 through the BOOster Campaign last year!  
We are excited to partner this year with the Asheville Outlets.  Starting October 5th, you can purchase a Pumpkin by texting PUMPKIN to 345345 or scanning the barcode found on the posters throughout the Asheville Outlets.  Several stores located in the outlets will also be selling pumpkins.  Make a minimum donation of $5, show your mobile receipt to a rep at customer service and receive a goody bag, which includes the Asheville Outlets coupon book (value $5).  
Buncombe County Schools has been raising money for Eblen Charities through the Pumpkin Fundraiser for three decades now! Because of the pandemic, we are doing the fundraiser virtually! And you have a chance to participate. Select your favorite school below! This is a friendly competition between schools to raise the most money to help those in need in our community, and now is more important than ever as we are seeing an increase in emergency requests daily. Help us spread the word and help them reach their goals! 
Look for BOOSters and Pumpkins, along with our new virtual campaign, the whole month of October. This new virtual platform is fun, easy to use, and great for friendly competitions. If your organization is interested in hosting a virtual fundraiser, contact Amanda Putnam at [email protected].  
Click on your favorite school below to support their virtual fundraising page.