By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2014
Crowds begin lining up early at the Will Rogers Downs Grandstands waiting for the Santa Cash drawing to begin.
If you need some extra money for holiday spending or for paying bills, patronizing Claremore businesses for the 12th annual Santa Cash promotion might help. Kicking off Friday, November 7 at noon and ending at noon on December 19, the annual Claremore Chamber of Commerce’s promotion encourages people to “shop local” for the holiday season.
Two cash prizes will be awarded to Santa Cash shoppers on December 20 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 $10,000, 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 21 on the Chamber website and in the Claremore Daily Progress. If the Santa Cash ticket is not presented at the Chamber office by Friday, January 2, 2015 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 18 with a January 23rd deadline to claim the prize.
“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 ‘shop local’ promotion is a tremendous opportunity to keep holiday sales in our community. Every dollar spent in our community can re-circulate up to seven times, not to mention the clear benefits of the sales tax dollars working in and for Claremore.”
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; Reindeer sponsors: RCB Bank, Claremore Daily Progress, Grand Bank, Bennett’s Route 66 Pharmacy, BancFirst, Bank of Commerce and Wal-Mart.
Elves (ticket locations in Claremore) to date include: Asiana Buffett, Atwoods, BancFirst,
Bennett’s Route 66 Pharmacy, Carl’s Coney Island, Claremore Compounding Pharmacy, Claremore Daily Progress, Claremore Tire & Auto Repair, Claremore Chamber, District on Main, El Maguey Restaurant, Foutz Chiropractic, Grand Bank, Health Center Pharmacy,
Heatwave Tanning, Heins Jewelry, J & J Pharmacy, Plum Gold
Jewelers, Radio Shack, RCB Bank, Reasor’s, Robertson Tire, Stillwater Milling, Suburban Chevrolet, TTCU The Credit Union, Tulsa Federal Credit Union, Walgreens, Warehouse Market, Westlake Hardware, and Will Rogers Memorial. Will Rogers Downs and Wal-Mart are not ticket outlets. “They are sponsors but do not handle Santa Cash tickets,” says Davis.
Will Rogers Downs will be hosting additional drawings in conjunction with Santa Cash. On December 13, Players Club guests can swipe for an entry for two $1,000 pre-Santa Cash drawings, and on December 27, Players Club guests can participate in a second chance entry for a $3,000 drawing. The three weekends combined will award cash in the amount of $18,500.
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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.