The Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 18th annual Santa Cash drawing on Dec. 18, at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs. This year, more than $20,000 was given away to lucky ticket holders.
This year’s generous sponsors included Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs, who gave $10,000 to Monty Hobbs of Haskell, and Suburban Chevrolet, who gave $2,500 to Jeffery Bradley of Owasso.
Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Keith Austin donated $2,000, which was received by Regina Crouch of Chelsea.
Steven Helt of Helt Heat & Air originally sponsored a $2,000 prize, which was won by Gwendolyn Johnson of Claremore.
During the live drawing, Helt surprised attendees with three additional $1,000 prizes. Those winners were Rebekah Chamberlain of Rose, Robin Barrett of Claremore, and Phyllis Spurlock of Inola. Additionally, a $1,000 online prize, sponsored by C&A Roofing & Construction, was awarded to Ginger Forrester of Inola.
The claimed winning tickets were from Stillwater Milling, Atwoods, and Reasor’s. Special thanks to ticket sponsor J&J Pharmacy & Gifts.
“We are excited that so many people participated in Santa Cash and know that our local businesses are thankful too,” said Barby Myers, president and CEO of the Chamber. “Encouraging everyone to shop local is the main emphasis of Santa Cash.”
The Chamber hosted a record number of Santa Cash “Elves,” who participated by distributing tickets at their establishments.
This year’s elves were RCB Bank, BancFirst, Solid Rock Realtors, Buddy’s Grill, Front Porch Bakery, Swan’s Dairy, Stillwater Milling, Stanley’s, Rogers County Loan, TTCU, Claremore Compounding, and 10 Box.
Also participating in Santa Cash were Chick-fil-A, Reasor’s, Robertson Tire, Speedy Lube, Bennett’s Route 66 Pharmacy, Atwoods, Price 66 Tire & Auto, Second Impressions, Goodwill, Walke Meat Company, The District on Main, and Red River Credit.
The Chamber would like to thank the sponsors: Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs, Suburban Chevrolet, Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Keith Austin, Helt Heat & Air, J&J Pharmacy & Gifts, RCB Bank, BancFirst, Solid Rock Realtors, and C&A Roofing & Construction. The Chamber would also like to thank all the volunteers who made this event possible. Get ready for the 19th annual Santa Cash Shop Local promotion, coming to you in November 2022!