By Andrea Swayne
The first winners of the Shop Del Prado Contest were presented with their prizes on Feb. 13 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort.
Shop Del Prado is part of a joint effort by the city and the Chamber of Commerce to support businesses on Del Prado Avenue during Town Center-Lantern District construction by rewarding customers for shopping, dining and purchasing services in the area.
In a monthly drawing, a winner is selected from among all the Del Prado business receipts submitted. Entrants receive one raffle ticket for every $10 spent. Prize packages include an overnight resort stay, meals for two and a recreational activity, all donated by local businesses.
Dr. Marc Taub and wife Kara Taub, of Dana Point, won by submitting a Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar receipt and were awarded an overnight stay at the St. Regis, dinner for two at Salt Creek Grille and two Orange County Wine Cruises from Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching.
According to Heather Johnston, the chamber’s executive director, a total of 1,012 receipts, totaling $10,357.99 spent on Del Prado, were turned in during the month of January. For February, more than $8,000 worth of receipts have been turned in so far.
“The program has been very successful in highlighting and encouraging shopping on Del Prado,” Johnston said. “And we want to thank all the business owners who have donated prize packages.”
Receipts can be taken to the Chamber of Commerce office at 24681 La Plaza, Suite 115, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Emailed entries must include a copy or photo of the receipt along with the shopper’s name, phone number, email address and home zip code. The contest is set to run through October.
The prize for February is an overnight stay at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, dinner for two at Luciana’s Ristorante and two Marine Mammal Adventure Cruise passes from the Ocean Institute.
For more information, visit www.dplanterndistrict.com.