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Chamber’s Merchant Committee Announces Prize Winners

The Garden City Merchants Group, a committee of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, has announced the winners of the raffle prizes donated by eight Garden City merchant participants in the Chamber’s newly formed Merchants Group. Entry forms for the prizes were available in the establishments of 31 merchants who participated in the Merchant Group’s recent efforts to promote shopping in Garden City.

Throughout the holiday season, several ads ran in Long Island newspapers, including Garden City Life. Out-of-town publications touted the amenities of shopping and doing business in Garden City and ads in the local press urged residents to shop and dine in Garden City. The Merchants Committee also established the website www.GardenCityShopping.com and “letters to the editor” on behalf of this newly established marketing program also appeared in the local press.

The drawing for eight prizes donated by 31 local merchants took place on Dec. 18 at the Coquette shop, one of Seventh Street’s participating merchants. Pulling the winners’ entries, available at participating merchants, were the King and Queen of last October’s Homecoming Day festivities, Garden City High School seniors Emily Menges and Joe Wolf. Emily is a star member of the Track Team and Joe excels on the Fencing Team and is a member of the Marching Band. Both Emily and Joe are recognized as all-around great students!

Prize winners and donors were: Grand Prize, Bed & Breakfast at the Garden City Hotel – Connor Brown; $350 value from Sunflower Fine Art & Framing – Lorraine Levano; $250 value Catering at Garden City Pizza – Robin Butler; $250 value catering at Bagelman – Kerri Keeler; one pizza per week for 6 months from Garden City Pizza – Maureen Sullivan; 3 months of 20 lbs. per week of wash & fold laundry from Clean Scene Laundry – Russ/Nancy Joseph; One dozen bagels & cream cheese on Sundays for 3 months – Lorraine Spanier; $100 coupon to Key Food – Erin Schoelle.

The 31 participants in the Merchant Program which ran through the Holiday Season were: Bagelman, Calagaro’s, Cartridge World, Coquette, Edible Arrangements, Eastern Numismatics, Fianei’s Paninoteca, Food For Thought, Garden City Hotel, Garden City Pizza, Garden City Salon & Spa, Garden City Skin Care, Garden City Wine & Spirits, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, H.L. Gross & Bro. Jewelers, Healthtrax, J.E. Lund Jewelers, La Nonna Bella, Leo’s, Liberty Travel, Lord & Taylor, Natural Market, Neptune Photo, RoTico Rotisserie Café, Seventh Street Café, Sunflower Fine Art, TCBY, Things & Stuff, Town Meat Market, UPS Store, Walk Street and Wayne’s Pharmacy. Project Corporate Sponsors included Armao Costa & Ricciardi CPA PC, Coach Realtors, Clancy & Clancy Insurance, GC Alarm, Garden City Properties/GC Commercial, Laub Group Real Estate and Walsh Markus McDougal & DeBellis, LLP.

This unprecedented marketing effort, supported by participating merchants, will remain active into the New Year. Additional retail/retail service firms who wish to participate or join the Merchants Committee, or become corporate sponsors, may call John Wilton, chairman (Garden City Properties/GC Commercial) at 746-1563, or Althea Robinson at the Chamber office, 746-7724, ext. 102.