Ingles Gift Card Program
Since ABYSA is a not-for-profit organization, Ingles sells ABYSA Gift Cards in bulk for 95% of face value. That 5% discount is passed on to you to offset your ABYSA fees. It used to be colored paper certificates; similar to the certificates used as currency by the military – hence the name “SCRIP.” So, call them “scrip” or “gift cards”, it doesn’t matter so long as you take advantage of the program. ABYSA primarily purchases cards with face value of $50. All orders must be taken in increments of $50.
The secret to making the program work is twofold:
- Make sure you use a gift card anytime you go to Ingles – including purchases of gas, postage stamps, and prescriptions.
- Buy more scrip than you use, and sell the cards at face value to any and all of your friends and relatives. It doesn’t cost them anything extra and they get to support your child in the process – because five percent of the card value is credited to YOUR account. Some of our ABYSA families pay for ALL of their fees by using – and selling – Ingles gift cards.
The program is coordinated and run by volunteers to ABYSA. Please be considerate of their time and efforts. The 5% discount from Ingles is passed on entirety to you. The volunteers only receive a heartfelt thank you from ABYSA.
What HFC/Classic Families need to do to take advantage of the program:
- Buy gift cards from your team treasurer at training sessions or games.
- Write your check to your HFC team for 100% of the face value of the gift cards being purchased.
- Your treasurer will credit your account with your 5% credit.
- You may also contact one of the distributors listed below and make arrangements directly with them to buy cards, especially during the summer and off season. Gift card credit will be paid to your team more or less bi-monthly. In other words, the quickest way to get credit is purchasing from your team.
Important Tips about the Gift Cards:
- They are considered CASH and cannot be deactivated, refunded, etc. Keep them safe.
- IMPORTANT: When buying Gas it is important to swipe card THEN WAIT until the screen says to select your gas and pump. If you don’t wait and you pick up the nozzle or push the button to select your gas, then the communication between the card and the computer is broken and the card will be temporarily shut off for 2 hours. If you try to use it during that time, it will show a $0 balance. Card and balance will be restored in 2 hours.
- Occasionally the magnetic strip may go bad on a card, especially if you keep it next to a cell phone or magnet. The cashier can type in the number on the bottom of the card to use it.
- If you want one card with a bigger balance, you can buy multiple $50 gift cards and have the cashier at Ingles combine all the cards into one larger denomination card.
- Throw away emptied cards. Don’t reload them at Ingles because you won’t get the 5% credit for soccer. Only cards purchased through ABYSA will give you the 5% benefit.
- Sell cards to friends, family, church members, businesses – anyone who will buy them for face value. You will receive the 5% credit on all cards you use or sell. They make great gifts especially for business contacts during the holidays – hairdressers, cleaning crews, babysitters, etc. (one $50 card can be split down into smaller denomination cards at Ingles) BE CREATIVE!
- To check card balance. Call the toll-free number on the back of the card. Punch in the card number as directed and the automated system will tell you the balance as well as the usage record for that card – dates and amounts of each purchase.
Rob Corley – firstname.lastname@example.org
Airley Ferrell – Swannanoa – email@example.com
Rob Corley – South Asheville/Arden firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Epley – Biltmore Lake/Enka area email@example.com
Nancy McCord – South Asheville/Biltmore Park area – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonya Roberts – East Asheville/Haw Creek and Skyland – email@example.com
Paul Tax – North Asheville firstname.lastname@example.org
Tournament Program Advertising Sales
ABYSA hosts invitational tournaments each year, and for each of these events, a tournament program is produced. ABYSA families are encouraged to solicit local businesses to place tournament advertisements, post on-site banners, etc. Fifty percent of all ad sales will be returned to the player’s team to be used specifically towards their account balance.
Information on the program is available on our website and will be given to player families prior to the Asheville Riverside Summer Shootout every August.
G.O.A.L.S. Financial Aid
(Granting Opportunities for Advancement in Life through Soccer)
This program provides financial support to committed players who otherwise would not be able to participate in Classic soccer. The Financial Aid Application (Click here) is an online form, and all information is kept confidential. Applicants should be committed to Classic soccer and should regularly participate in the other fundraising opportunities offered by ABYSA.
The Financial Aid is need-based and each application is individually reviewed by the G.O.A.L.S. Funding Committee.