By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2012
Linda Kay Berry, owner of Kay’s Gifts located at 21916 E. 71st St., is a participating Buy Broken Arrow merchant. Kay’s Gifts offers a huge variety of specialty items to cross off your shopping list, including lines such as Brighton and Vera Bradley, apparel and clothing, and gifts for every occasion.
It seems impossible, but we’re less than a month away from the Christmas holiday season, and there’s no time like the present to start shopping for fabulous gifts in Broken Arrow. “The Buy Broken Arrow campaign began in 1995, and many residents remember attending the drawing on that cold, snowy day at the Tiger football stadium,” says Kathy Reynolds, vice president of programs for the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce. “This is our city’s 18th annual Buy Broken Arrow Christmas campaign, and area residents always look forward to the holiday season and the great spirit of participation from local businesses and merchants.”
Buy Broken Arrow is an investment in the community and its businesses, with the objective of increasing public awareness and customer traffic for participating merchants. By shopping in Broken Arrow, you help local merchants and the economic health of the city.
The official kickoff of Buy Broken Arrow is November 2, 2012, when merchants will begin distributing tickets. The Broken Arrow Chamber organizes the campaign and is responsible for the production of 2.5 million tickets to be distributed to shoppers prior to the 3 p.m. drawing of the $10,000 grand prize winning ticket on December 17, 2012. The drawing will be at Regional Hyundai in Broken Arrow. Regional Hyundai is the 2012 Buy Broken Arrow presenting sponsor. You may visit www.brokenarrow.org/
chamber/buyba.php to view the official event brochure, listing all participating sponsors and campaign rules.
The Buy Broken Arrow campaign will award a total of $15,000 in prizes to three lucky winners. The grand prize is $10,000. Second prize is $3,000, and third is $2,000. To be eligible for the drawings, shoppers must visit participating merchants and receive their Buy Broken Arrow campaign tickets. No purchase is necessary. One ticket is distributed for each potential customer entering the participating store. Shoppers will also be given one ticket for every $10 increment of purchases they make. A maximum of 100 tickets will be distributed per qualified purchase.
Business owners, managers, and employees cannot win on the tickets carrying their employer’s or business’s numbers, but they are eligible to win if shopping at other participating businesses. To participate and be eligible to win one of the prizes, you must be 18 years of age or older. Government or school district purchases will not be eligible for drawings.
Winning tickets will be drawn on December 17 at 3 p.m. at Regional Hyundai. You are encouraged to join the fun at Regional Hyundai and watch as the winning numbers are drawn, but you do not have to be present to win. Santa Claus will be a special guest, and everyone is invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys For Tots, which distributes the toys to less fortunate children in the community for the holidays. The Buy Broken Arrow winning numbers will also be posted at www.bachamber.com, on the BA Chamber Facebook page, posted in the window of the chamber officers, on the City of Broken Arrow websites, and several media outlets will have the numbers.
The winning ticketholders will have three business days to claim the money. If not claimed, the second number will be drawn on December 20 at 3 p.m. If a winner does not come forward, drawings will continue until a winner claims the prize. Additional drawing dates, if needed, will be on December 27, January 3, January 8 and January 11 at 3 p.m.
Shop Broken Arrow and support the Buy Broken Arrow 2012 Christmas campaign. The more you shop, the greater your chance of being a winner. Happy shopping and good luck!
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.