Bill Roberts: The Face of a Generous Sponsor and Board Member

Bill Roberts: The Face of a Generous Sponsor and Board Member

From generous sponsorship dollars that fund breast cancer research and outreach programs to free gift cards that encourage greater giving among Race participants, Belk department store is a major contributor to Susan G. Komen®.

belks-bill-roberts-and-julieOn the local level, Bill Roberts, chairman of the Northern Division at Belk, is a face of Komen. He has given his time to serving on the Komen North Carolina Triangle to Coast board of directors since 2011. His involvement exemplifies the commitment Belk and its associates have made toward raising funds and awareness of breast cancer.

“Belk chose this area of focus because breast cancer is an important issue to our customers and associates,” Bill says. “The thing I love is that so much of the money raised here, stays here.”

Bill played a role in bringing the Race for the Cure to Wilmington in 2012 as well as raising initial funds for the inaugural event. The 2014 Wilmington Race had 1300 participants and raised more than $200,000.

Bill’s involvement with Komen became personal when he lost his mother-in-law Marlene to breast cancer in early 2014, after she had survived the disease for 13 years.

After attending his first Race for the Cure in Raleigh, Bill says he was impressed by the magnitude of the event. “So many people came together for this one cause.”

Bill has worked for retail department stores most of his career beginning as a furniture buyer for Macy’s and holding a number of positions for Belk including director of stores, president of the Southern division and now division chairman. A native of Indiana, he’s lived and worked in Atlanta, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, but fell in love with North Carolina many years ago when he traveled to the state as a furniture buyer for Macy’s. He has now lived in Raleigh longer than he’s lived anywhere. He and his wife have two sons – one who works for Red Hat in Raleigh and one who’s a stock analyst for ING in New York City.

“Komen  is staffed by wonderful individuals who have no hidden agendas – they live here, work here and save lives here,” Bill says. “Who wouldn’t want to get involved with an organization that helps improve the quality of care and life for those with breast cancer?”

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