By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2013
Santa Claus and Santa Cash Committee Chair Julie Simmons will be on hand again this year at Will Rogers Downs Grandstands to draw the winning $6,500 grand prize winner, as well as the second place $2,500 prize.
If you need some extra money for holiday spending or for paying bills, patronizing Claremore businesses for the 11th annual Santa Cash promotion might help. Kicking off on Friday, November 8 at noon and ending at noon on December 20, the annual promotion sponsored by Claremore Chamber of Commerce encourages people to “shop local” for the holiday season.
As in past years, two cash prizes will be awarded to Santa Cash shoppers, on December 21 at 11 a.m. at the Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs Grandstands, east of Claremore on Highway 20. The grand prize winner will walk away with a check for $6,500, while the second-place ticket holder will receive a $2,500 check. Participants must be present to win.
“A third drawing of $1,000 cash prize does not require you to be present to win,” says Dell Davis, Claremore Chamber of Commerce executive director. The first ticket will be posted on Sunday, December 22 on the Chamber website and in the Claremore Daily Progress. If the Santa Cash ticket is not presented at the Chamber office for that particular week by Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the noon deadline, a new number will be posted. The final weekly ticket posting, if no winning ticket has been presented, will be on January 23 with a noon deadline on January 30 at noon to claim the prize. “So even if you are out of town or unable to attend the ‘live’ drawing, you still have the opportunity to win $1,000,” Davis adds.
“The Santa Cash promotion is two-fold,” says Julie Simmons, committee chair. “It rewards shoppers and is a boost to local retail and service participants during the holiday season.” Davis adds, “This is a tremendous opportunity to keep holiday sales in our community. Every dollar spent in our community can recirculate up to seven times, not to mention the benefits of the sales tax dollars working in and for Claremore. Our tax dollars help pay for police, fire services, roads, and parks and recreation.”
Davis also cites the variety of businesses who participate in Santa Cash. “With restaurants, car dealerships, tire stores and retail shops in the community, there is really no reason to leave Claremore to shop.”
Santa Claus Sponsor and host facility is the Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs; Mrs. Claus Sponsor, Suburban Chevrolet; Candy Cane Ticket sponsor, Tulsa Federal Credit Union; and Reindeer Sponsors, RCB Bank, Claremore Daily Progress, Grand Bank, TTCU The Credit Union, BancFirst, Bank of Commerce and Wal-Mart.
Elves (ticket locations in Claremore) to date include: Asiana Buffett, Atwoods, BancFirst, Bank of Commerce, Bennett’s Route 66 Pharmacy, Carl’s Coney Island, Claremore Compounding Pharmacy, Claremore Daily Progress, Claremore Nail Studio, Claremore Tire Center, Claremore Chamber, El Maguey Restaurant, Factory Connection, Foutz Chiropractic, Health Center Pharmacy, Heatwave Tanning, Heins Jewelry, Grand Bank, J & J Pharmacy, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Make It Special, Nesting Necessities, Plum Gold Jewelers, Radio Shack, RCB Bank, Reasor’s , Robertson Tire, Rusted Rabbit Resale, Spectrum Paint, Stillwater Milling, Suburban Chevrolet, TTCU The Credit Union, Tulsa Federal Credit Union, UPS Store, US Cellular, Walgreens, Warehouse Market and Westlake Ace Hardware.
Will Rogers Downs and Wal-Mart are not ticket outlets. “They are sponsors but do not handle Santa Cash tickets,” Davis adds. Be sure and check www.claremore.org for the latest updates and additional activities being planned by host Will Rogers Downs on December 21, Santa Cash drawing day. Remember, it pays to shop in your community!
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After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.
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