For the third year, local businesses are getting together to give away $15,000 to reward one lucky shopper for shopping locally this Christmas season.
The draw will be made on Dec. 21 and the winner will get the good news just before Christmas.
There are also 31 other prizes valued at more than $5,000 in total to be given away in the World-Spectator’s 2016 Christmas Giveaway.
The secondary prizes include a margarita machine from Borderland Co-op, a Paderno 10-piece cookware set from Pharmasave, a wet/dry shop vac from Mullett’s RONA, a limited edition Elle Eiffel Tower necklace from Kassie’s Jewelry, an ice fishing package from Virden Rec and Watersports, a $400 furniture certificate from Today’s Electronics and furniture in Redvers, a Parrot Mambo drone from Glasser’s TV Service, a battery booster pack from St. Lazare Tire, different his and hers packages from Brazen Clothing, and many more.
For several years, the World-Spectator and participating local businesses gave away a new vehicle each Christmas. Two years ago, the decision was made to go a different route, with one winner receiving $15,000 to be spent at any of the participating businesses.
World-Spectator publisher Kevin Weedmark said he is proud of the local business community for stepping up and supporting the promotion.
"This promotion has always been about rewarding local shoppers for supporting the local businesses, and the fact that so many local retailers and other businesses buy into this promotion shows that they are working hard to serve their customers."
"The first year we held the car draw, we had no idea if we could do it or not. We threw the idea out there to businesses in the area, and the response was overwhelming. In no time we had enough support to be able to offer a substantial prize," Weedmark said.
"The car draw was always a success, but I think this promotion is even better. The grand prize winner will receive a book of special cheques they can only use at the participating businesses. That will ensure that the money the winner receives will stay in the local area."
Shoppers can enter with a purchase at any participating business—there are 42 locations across the area in total where people can enter.
The winner can spend their $15,000 any way they want at participating businesses. They may choose to spend it at several different businesses, or spend the whole prize on a large ticket item like a quad, furniture, flooring for the whole house, a boat, or a lavish trip. "The possibilities are endless," says Weedmark.
"We asked our participating businesses what the winner could do with $15,000 at their businesses, and there were some great ideas." Those will be featured over the next several weeks.