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Caribbean vacation winner announced

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By Special to the Monitor

More than $70,000 was spent at participating Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce member merchants from the beginning of the Locals Care shopper loyalty program through the recent “Can You Spell Caribbean?” contest deadline.  More than 315 shoppers were entered into the contest once for each $100 in purchases they made since Jan. 15. A random drawing of participants determined the winner of the grand prize, Babetta Marrone.  Babetta will receive a travel credit of up to $2,500 with Chamber member business Dugan’s Travel of White Rock.  The amount of the prize corresponds to the estimated cost of an all-inclusive cruise or resort vacation for two purchased through Dugan’s. Four other drawing winners each were awarded a $50 Locals Care gift card.  They are Gary Webb, Jennifer Guy, Yvonne Deshayes and Lawrence Kwei.“I shop local whenever I can and a favorite store of mine is CB Fox,” said Babetta Marrone, winner of the drawing. She continued, “I started using a Locals Care card more than a year ago in Santa Fe so I was familiar with it when the program was started here. I changed my not-for-profit recipient to Pajarito Environmental Education Center, which is a great organization that I am pleased to help support.”Locals Care rewards customers of participating member businesses with cash credits and donations to their designated not-for-profit organization.  “PEEC is one of 19 local not-for-profits that can be designated,” said Chamber Executive Director Kevin Holsapple. The Chamber has teamed with Locals Care and Los Alamos National Bank to provide this customer loyalty card marketing opportunity to locally-owned member businesses and a new source of revenue to participating not-for-profits.  “PEEC is very appreciative of the support of individuals like Babetta as well as the support of the participating businesses,” said PEEC Board member Chick Keller.In addition, the consumer gets a small amount of each purchase credited back to their account that they can use like cash for a future purchase with any participating merchant.  White Rock-based Dugan’s Travels, which will be fulfilling the award for the Chamber, has been in business since 1997.  It is the only Funjet 500 Club agency in New Mexico, a Golden Apple Vacations agency, Carnival Cruise Lines Super Agency and recent Inside Sales Agency of the year for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.  Owner Jennifer Dugan and the many agents working with the agency focus on different specialities including family vacations.  Dugan’s Travels works to match or beat most online prices and offers local, personalized service.For more information about Local’s Care, information about how to sign up, and information about local shopping opportunities, visit www.shoplosalamos.com.