Peabody Main Street Association sponsored an annual holiday shopping spree promotion Thanksgiving weekend through Dec. 22.
“The promotion is an attempt to stop retail ‘leakage’ to other communities,” PMSA Executive Director Shane Marler said. “Shoppers carried official Shopping Spree tickets when they shopped locally and received a stamp or punch when they spent $10 in a Peabody business. Their ticket was eligible for the drawing after they had gotten five stamps or punches.”
Tickets were collected Dec. 22 and Peabody City Manager Mac Manning drew the winning names at 2 p.m. in the council room. Prizes were given in Peabody Bucks.
The first-place winner asked to remain anonymous, but the $800 winnings were given to families in need of help and charitable or service organizations in Peabody.
Nan Hannan of Peabody won the second-place prize of $400. The third-place winner of $100 was Clifford Entz of Peabody.
“We were pleased again with the participation,” Marler said. “We counted the tickets that were entered and more than $16,000 was spent locally during the Shopping Spree. And, that did not include what was spent on unfinished or misplaced cards.
“We had more tickets this year than last so we feel pretty good about that as well,” he said.
Legacy Park sponsored the third-place prize. Peabody merchants, PMSA, economic development committee, and the city donated money to cover the first- and second-place prizes.