Presenting the Ladysmith Grand Christmas contest winners: Marge Mulholland, left, has lived in Ladysmith and Saltair for 65 years, She considers herself to be very lucky as she only filled out one entry. She is looking forward to spending $500 the money at local stores including Nancy’s Fashion and Bouma Meats. Amber Kinsey just moved to Ladysmith in June and and has 4 children. She is excited that the $200 prize will help her with her Christmas shopping. Janet Mansbridge won $300 but was unavailable at the time of photo. (Gerry Beltgens photo)

Grand Christmas contest makes Christmas bright for three Ladysmith shoppers

Trio splits $1,000 to be spent in Ladysmith shops

Gerry Beltgens Special to the Chronicle

After a month of promotion and collecting entries the Ladysmith Grand Christmas was chosen Dec. 17.

Merchants were overwhelmed with entries for the three prizes totalling $1,000 in shopping cash for Ladysmith businesses.

First Prize of $500 LDBA bucks went to Marg Mulholland

Second Prize of $300 went to Janet Mansbridge

Third Prize of $200 went to Amber Kinsey

Ladysmith Grand Christmas is a promotion by the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association, sponsored by the Ladysmith and District Credit Union (LDCU) and the Town of Ladysmith who donated $500 towards the prize. Downtown businesses also support this event through in-store and print promotion as well as providing gift certificates.

The promotion has been going on for around 19 years and participation builds year over year.

“It is so much fun to see the participation from the community, we received thousands of entries,” said LDBA President Andrea Rosato-Taylor. “When I called the winners they were thrilled.”

The Ladysmith Chronicle is the media sponsor of the promotion and Rosato-Taylor personally gathered up all of the entries in their distinctive red gift bags to deliver to the LDCU.

“The goal is to encourage people to shop in Ladysmith and support local business.”

Each year thousands of entries are filled out and collected at local businesses. Entry bags are brought to the Ladysmith and District Credit Union where they are all mixed together and then the prizes are drawn.

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McRae Berrow, top, of Ladysmith District Credit Union helps pick the Ladysmith Grand Christmas winners, including Marg Mulholland and Amber Kinsey, far right. (Gerry Beltgens photo)

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