CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A 9-year-old from South Carolina won the 2016 Belkie Bear design contest held at Belk's SantaFest event last year. The bear was unveiled at Belk's SantaFest today. Elizabeth's design was selected from hundreds of applicants.
As the grand prize winner of last year's contest, Elizabeth's design was used in creating a new Belkie Charity Bear, with $5 of the proceeds from the sale of the bear going to the United Way to create lasting change. This charity was chosen by the winner's response to the contest question, "I want my Belkie Bear to help…" Elizabeth filled in the blank with "families who do not have very much money." Based on the judges' selection, Elizabeth received 10 custom Belkie Charity Bears created based on her design, along with a $500 Belk shopping spree. A Belkie Bear and $500 Belk shopping spree were also awarded to finalist winners in each of the three age categories: 4 - 6; 7 - 9 and 10 - 11.