Pictured above, from left: Nacogdoches, Texas, Daily Sentinel publisher Rayanne Schmid, $1,000 winner Danielle Goff, Chamber President Bruce Partain, NEDCO President Bill King. (Sentinel photo by Andrew Brosig)
Shop Nac First $1,000 grand prize winner chosen
From reports posted on dailysentinel.com: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 and Mon Dec 20, 2010.
Danielle Goff gave the Nacogdoches, Texas, economy a boost as she bought locally this past holiday season.
She also found that "payback" can be pretty exciting, too.
Goff was the top winner of the Shop Nac First for the Holidays contest, receiving the $1,000 grand prize.
She was one of 116 people who participated in the program, which tallied more than $80,000 in Nacogdoches County receipts to the Daily Sentinel offices.
"This was a sizable participation rate for our first year of this contest," said Chamber President Bruce R. Partain. "We look for an even bigger splash in 2011."
Partain thanked Daily Sentinel Publisher Rayanne Schmid for initiating the contest, and gave credit to NEDCO President Bill King and Nacogdoches Main Street Director Sarah O'Brien for their organizations' cash prize investments.
"We're glad the shoppers had a great time with the contest," he said. "Our point, of course, is to encourage keeping dollars circulating in our economy, where those funds can help support public service projects and local employment."
Individual shopper totals ranged from $32 to more than $8,500 spent in Nacogdoches County between Nov. 26 and Dec. 16.
Shop Nac First for the Holidays was the culmination of local organizations and businesses banding together to offer extra incentives for those who shop in Nacogdoches County.
Lead sponsors include The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, Nacogdoches Downtown Business Association and the Nacogdoches Economic Development Foundation.
To participate, readers were asked to keep their original receipts for items purchased in Nacogdoches County between Nov. 26 and Dec. 16, and brought them into The Sentinel office, along with a completed entry form. Copies were made of the receipts, with a copier and supplies donated by Xerographics East Texas.
For every $25 spent at any store in the county, shoppers received one chance for the drawings.
Other winners drawn the final week included:
Katherine Jordan - $700 hall tree, USA Floors N-More;
Velma Douglas - A gift certificate for one medium Safe Deposit Box from Citizens 1st Bank for 2011;
Betty Sanders - One-night stay, value $139, from Hampton Inn of Nacogdoches;
Joe Donnell - One month membership from Court Club valued at $80;
Jill Carrington - One microderm abrasion facial valued at $60 each from Aesthetic concepts;
Janie Ramsey - A free portrait setting and two 11x14 portraits valued at $230 from Silver Lion Photography;
Mike Bay - A Skagen watch valued at $125 from Kennedy's Jewelers;
John Krueger - Mini cell phone, value $146, from Cellular One;
Frank Weise - Electric Pressure Washer, value $150, from Sears of Nacogdoches;
Mary Ann Derby - $25 gift certificate from ThirtyOne Gifts and Angie Hermenitt;
Linda King - Customized facial, value $50, from Julia's Salon;
Claire Robbins - $50 gift certificate, Party N' Things;
Bennett Montes - Lotus Home Sanitizing System from Tersano, valued at $155, from The Mushroom;
Mercedes Franks - $50 gift certificate from Heart of Texas;
Barbara Sloane - One-hour massage at Magical Therapist, value $50, from Hettie Legg and Associates Speech Pathologists.
Katy Engle - $125 in shipping and boxing from The UPS Store.
Susan Washburn - Full auto detail, valued at $160, from Rex Perry Autoplex.
Dec. 17 weekly winners:
Martha Holt - manicure and pedicure from Julia's Salon.
Margaret Russell - Arthur Court platter and footed bowl donated by BancorpSouth Insurance Services.
Jimmy Lee Huff and Kathryn Clark - $50 savings bonds each from Austin Bank.
Dec. 10 weekly winners:
Kristen Lunsford - $100 "Shop, but don't Drop from Hunger" package donated by Citizens 1st Bank that includes gift certificates for Jalapeno Tree, Peking and Donut Palace.
Mary Ann Brown - a microderm abrasion facial valued at $50 from Aesthetic concepts.
Debbie Carr - a one-hour massage, valued at $60, from Julia's Salon
Dec. 3 weekly winners:
Rhonda Dickerson - a $39 gift certificate from Julia's Salon, which is good for a haircut and style and brow wax.
Darvine Havpert - a $40 Scentsy gift certificate donated by consultant Katie Payne.