By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Other | Issue: December 2010
Margaret Bean, employee of Nancy’s Unique Gifts & Cleaners, one of the participants in the Holiday PASSPORT to Cash campaign, and Dianne Bileck-Plants, Executive Director of the Glenpool Chamber of Commerce. Nancy’s Unique Gifts offers a treasure trove of wonderful gift options, including Native American items (pictured), painted ponies, candles, inspirational gifts from J & J Woodshop, military and teacher gifts, and much more.
The Glenpool Chamber of Commerce has announced the 20th annual Holiday Festivities schedule of events. Chamber Executive Director Dianne Bileck-Plants states that the holiday events kicked off on November 11 with the all-new buy Glenpool campaign, “Holiday PASSPORT to Cash,” where one lucky person will win $1,000 in cash. The campaign continues until December 11, when the drawing will be held at 10:45 a.m. The Christmas parade will be held directly after the drawing at 11 a.m. Local community Christmas entertainment and refreshments will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 10:45 a.m. in the Citizens Security parking lot.
“The purpose of the Holiday PASSPORT to Cash is for people to get to know the wonderful businesses Glenpool has to offer,” says Dianne. The buy Glenpool campaign includes 28 businesses that have chosen to take part, which will market Glenpool's treasures to customers in Glenpool as well as surrounding communities. In order to qualify for the $1,000 cash, the shopper must have at least 10 of the 28 businesses stamp their passport. Passports are available at any of the participating businesses or can be downloaded and printed from the Chamber website at www.glenpoolchamber.org. Watch for in-store savings or drawings that customers will want to take advantage of when entering businesses; info is printed on the passport. The passports will only be accepted for the $1,000 drawing on December 11 between 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at the Citizens Security Bank parking lot. The drawing for the cash will be held at 10:45 a.m., prior to the parade.
The 20th annual Christmas parade is taking on the objective of giving back this holiday season. Glenpool resident and member of the Glenpool Chamber of Commerce Joe Battles has taken on the task of encouraging the act of giving this Christmas. Joe's company, Advance Alarms, will be managing a Toys for Tots drive with the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves. Joe, being a biker himself, has taken part in many Toys for Tots drives in other communities. Joe says that he just can't describe the feeling he gets when seeing hundreds of bikers giving toys that will be shared with needy children.
Line-up time for the parade is between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the Glenpool School parking lot. Parade entries and bikes are asked to carry the toys for Toys for Tots in the parade, and Marines will be located at the Citizens Security Bank to accept the toys from the parade entries. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the Glenpool School parking lot, proceed north to 141st, go west on 141st to Broadway, and go south on Broadway back to the school.
Toys for Tots boxes are also located at six locations in Glenpool: CherryBerry Frozen Yogurt Bar, Glenpool Police Department, Pack-N-Ship Plus, Wal-Mart, Schaudt's Funeral Services, the Chamber of Commerce office, and American Heritage Bank.
Holiday passports and parade entry forms are available on the Glenpool Chamber website at www.glenpoolchamber.org, or email a request to eat0@eau0eav0eaw0 or call the Chamber office at
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.