November 2019: With fall in full swing, months turn into weeks before Christmas is upon us. While it may be easier to tackle those shopping lists online, it may not be as fulfilling as shopping in Broken Arrow – especially financially.
On Nov. 1, the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce kicks off its 25th annual Buy Broken Arrow campaign, which will run until Dec. 8. Cash prizes totaling $15,000 will be handed out to three lucky winners Dec. 10 when the winning numbers will be drawn.
2018 winners Mike and Melinda Williamson took home the $3,000 prize.
The campaign, which encourages people to shop local, also highlights and promotes the city and the many wonderful businesses that are a part of the community.
The prizes include one grand prize of $10,000 and two other prizes for $3,000 and $2,000. “We usually have about 70 merchants participating,” says Alex Risenhoover with the Broken Arrow Chamber, adding that there is an extra bonus this year. Shoppers who use the hashtag #BuyBA and post on their social media will be in the running for four weekly drawings of $250 each. With so many ways to win, it doesn’t make sense to shop anywhere else but Broken Arrow.
So how do you win? It’s pretty simple, go to one of the participating merchants, and you receive one ticket for just walking in the door. Then, you’ll receive one ticket for every $10 spent. Consequently, the more you buy, the more tickets you receive. It’s just that easy.
Alex stresses the importance of keeping those tickets long after the original drawing. “A lot of times, winners don’t come forward, and we have to keep drawing numbers to find the winners,” states Alex. Once your number is called, you are given 24 hours to claim your prize.
2018 winner Marc Radin took home the $10,000 prize.
Buying local is a win-win for everyone. By shopping local that revenue stays within the community, which funds roads, schools, as well as other services and infrastructures. It’s estimated that nearly 70% of the money you spend locally stays in the community. More tax dollars in the community also allows businesses to continue to flourish and grow. And when businesses grow, it provides more people with employment opportunities. “And, when you shop local, you have a more personalized customer experience,” stresses Alex.
You may wonder what your chances are. Of course, the more you spend, the more tickets you collect. But to give you an idea of the anticipated number of total tickets handed out, Broken Arrow expects to distribute more than 2 million tickets this year.
Besides supporting your local community, you can mark off all those need-to-buy gifts well in time to enjoy the holiday season. And who knows, you may get the biggest gift of all!
2018 winner Karen Thomas took home the $2,000 prize.
For a complete list of participating merchants and winning numbers, visit www.buybrokenarrow.net or like their Facebook page and watch the drawing live! Merchants also post the official Buy Broken Arrow poster in their windows.
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