Local Businesses join with Chamber for unique Pay It Forward event & ITAC Fundraiser
Gift Card Raffle to help support struggling area businesses
Several local businesses are joining forces with the Greater East Auror Chamber of Commerce to host a new and unique “pay it forward” event focused on helping fellow business owners who have struggled during the pandemic while also supporting ITAC – It Takes A Community Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition.
The Chamber’s new 2021 Snowflake Gift Card Raffle is going on now through Friday, Feb. 12.
According to Victoria Sturman, Associate Director of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber wanted to create an event that would directly help the businesses that are struggling most – specifically those in the restaurant, retail, and health & wellness industries.
“Some of our members have been asking us what they can do to help their fellow business owners, who they see fighting to keep their doors open,” Sturman said. “After lots of discussion and brainstorming, we decided to create a new event where business owners who weren’t as badly affected by the pandemic could reach out – through the Chamber – and support those who are facing challenges.”
How does it work?
Businesses sign-on to be a sponsor of the event – there are five levels. As a sponsor, that business gets to choose a business or businesses (depending on the sponsorship level) to support through the purchase of a $50 gift card(s). Part of their sponsorship investment goes toward the purchase of those gift cards.
“The response from sponsors has been fantastic. It really shows how close-knit a community the Greater East Aurora region is and that, when it comes down to it, we’re all in this fight together. It’s so great to see businesses who normally compete coming together to help each other out, “ she said.
The gift cards are bundled into “virtual baskets” worth $100 or more. These “virtual baskets” will then be raffled off LIVE on the Chamber’s Facebook page (@EastAuroraChamber) at noon on Friday, Feb. 12. ITAC will receive a percentage of the net profits from this event.
There are still sponsorships available for any business wishing to offer support. Please contact the Chamber at 652-8444 or visit its website for more information.
The drawing will work similar to a door prize drawing – all tickets go into one basket and the winners are chosen randomly. But rest assured, Sturman says, there is someone thing for everyone!
The winners will be drawn LIVE on the Chamber’s Facebook page at Noon on Friday, Feb. 12. Winners will be notified via email.
The Chamber wants to thank all of the businesses who have stepped up to this point sponsors this event and their fellow business owners:
West Herr Buick BMC Cadillac
Snow Storm Sponsor
Snow Day Sponsor
Bartsch’s Auto Service
Great Erie Federal Credit Union
Metamorphosis Pilates & Bodyworks
Philipps and Brooks, CPAs
Vision Development of WNY
FMV Tax Professionals
Hartloff Benefit Solutions LLC
Independent Nursing Care
Bartsch’s Auto Service
Marilla Country Store