The future Boscov's department store at the Ohio Valley Mall plans to help local nonprofit groups by giving shoppers a peak inside the store before its official opening day.
Those who purchase a $5 ticket can enter the store during the Gala Preview for a Great Cause event, slated from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 10. Tickets can be purchased from participating nonprofits or at the door on the day of the event.
''All nonprofits are invited to participate as long as they have a 501c or 170c1 status,'' said Esta Neugroschel, Boscov's spokeswoman.
She noted a grand opening date has not been set.
One participating group is Crittenton Services of Wheeling. Crittenton spokeswoman Stacy Rich said all ticket profits go directly to Crittenton or the nonprofit of one's choice. She noted Boscov's recently held a luncheon to explain the program to local nonprofits.
''The more tickets we sell, the more money comes back to us,'' she said.
On the day of the event, the nonprofit that sells the most tickets also will receive a $1,500 bonus; the second most tickets, $1,000; and third most, $500.
''This is a great way for them to give back to the community even before the store opens,'' Rich said.