Elkton kicks off ‘Cash for Christmas’
— The Elkton Chamber and Alliance is giving people a little extra incentive to do their holiday shopping downtown this year.
Cash for Christmas, which started on Nov. 1, gives people the chance to earn prizes for shopping at certain businesses in the downtown business district. Participating businesses include American Home & Hardware, Best Vacations and Lyons Pharmacy, among others.
To enter the contest, shoppers must turn in their receipts to the Elkton Chamber and Alliance. For every dollar spent, the participant receives a ticket.
“(The purpose of the promotional event is) to bring people downtown to shop and while they shop we can give back with prizes,” said Mary Jo Jablonski, executive director of the Alliance.
During the first four days of the contest, there were 56 entries with receipts that totaled $1,348.35, said Jessica Price, executive assistant with the Alliance. Last year, there was a total of 119 entries with receipts that totaled $20,964.41, Price said.
There are three prizes up for grabs in the contest.
A $500 cash prize will go to the person who spends the most money while a random drawing will decide the winner of the $250 cash prize. The third prize is a merchant’s gift basket, which includes a gift from each of the participating merchants.
“If they purchase something from all 18 merchants, they’re in for it,” Jablonski said.
The gift basket may include items such as a gift card for a piece of pottery, but the final basket has not been assembled yet, Jablonski said. Based on the value of last year’s basket, this year’s basket could be valued at over $600, she added.
The deadline to turn in receipts is 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Prizes are slated to be awarded the same night after the deadline.
For more information, visit www.elktonalliance.org or call 410-398-5076.