Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

September 28, 2013

Chamber of Commerce holding 7th Shopping Scramble

By Amanda Browning Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG – The Greensburg – Decatur County Chamber of Commerce will be holding their seventh annual Shopping Scramble Wednesday, Oct. 2.

According to Chamber member and office coordinator Melissa Bruns, the Shopping Scramble is an event modeled after a golf outing. The purpose of the scramble is to promote local merchants and raise money for a local charity with sponsorship and entry fees. For the $20 registration fee, each shopper will receive a continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon refreshments and a chance to win fabulous door prizes. There is no set amount for each shopper to spend.

During the day-long event, each shopper will be given a score card and asked to visit at least 18 local businesses. Area businesses have been encouraged to offer special promotions for scramble participants, including but not limited to discounts, in-store prize drawings, games and free samples.

The annual Shopping Scramble has a history of proven success. In 2012, 60 participants shopped at more than 45 local businesses and generated over $7,000 in just six hours. Each year, the proceeds from the scramble are used for a $500 donation to a local charity and a $1,000 small business grant. Last year, the AGAPE Center received the cash donation and Crystal Clear Window Cleaning received the small business grant.

The non-profit organization to receive the cash donation has not been selected yet for this year. The small business grant, which is funded by the Shopping Scramble registration fees, is awarded in November at the Chamber’s annual meeting. The Greensburg – Decatur County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for the small business grant. Applications can be obtained at the Chamber office, located at 125 North Broadway Street. Winners must be Chamber of Commerce members.

The Shopping Scramble will begin at First Presbyterian Church, located at 202 North Franklin Street. There, participants will have a continental breakfast and information session about the event. The shopping begins on the “front nine” in the Downtown area at 9 a.m.

At registration, each shopper will receive a lunch voucher to be used for a free lunch at any of the participating local restaurants. After lunch, shopping will continue at 12:30 p.m. on the “back nine” which includes the Greensburg shopping centers and any local business not included in the Downtown area.

All shoppers will gather at the “19th Hole” at 3 p.m. at Aspen Place. There, participants will be treated with afternoon refreshments and door prizes will be awarded. Each shopper will receive a door prize for taking part in the shopping scramble. Door prizes may include gift items, cash, or gift certificates. Any local business offering a prize for shoppers will award it at the “19th Hole” after the scramble.

“We’re fortunate that so many people want to participate in this and contribute to the local economy,” said Chamber Executive Director Jeff Emsweller. “It brings in a lot of money in just six hours that the businesses might not ordinarily see in one day. It also gives people Christmas ideas and possibly repeat business for the shop owners. Through registration fees and sponsors, we are able to help a local non-profit charity with the donation and a Chamber member with the small business grant. We are deeply grateful to our sponsors and plan to continue this event as long as possible.”

Melissa Bruns said the event has grown well through word of mouth between shoppers. In recent years, more and more new shoppers have signed up for the event, looking forward to enjoying a fun-filled day of shopping with friends while supporting the local economy. The generosity of sponsors and local shoppers has made it possible to continue the annual event and support local businesses.

Spots are still available for those wishing to participate.

Any questions about the seventh annual Chamber Shopping Scramble should be directed to the Chamber at 812-663-2832.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004