McKinney’s Community Lifeline Center is hosting Careopoloy, a private sale for shoppers on the square in historic downtown McKinney on Saturday, October 12. Many downtown merchants are offering special deals for CLC supporters. Funds raised from the event will go directly to benefit programs at Community Lifeline Center, which aids Collin County residents through short term crisis.
Tickets to the event are available at www.communitylifeline.org, or at Nan Lee Jewelry in downtown McKinney, and are $20 until October 10. After October 10, tickets will be $25 and not available online.
“This is going to be a great event, and one I hope will become a McKinney and CLC tradition,” said Jaymie Pedigo, CLC Development Director. “I knew the merchants would be supportive, because they are all so great. And I knew getting the right people involved was the key. I first went to the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau staff, and then I approached Nan at Nan Lee jewelry. They were so helpful and encouraging, and jumped in immediately to help. When I asked Windy Gallagher at Made in McKinney (Visitors’ Center) to get involved, she lent her talents and energy to help create the graphics and marketing pieces. Together, we started to create a buzz, and with the support of Main Street McKinney, more and more shop owners got on board.”
Here’s how it works:
On October 12, redeem your ticket at the McKinney Convention and Visitors’ Center downtown at 200 W. Virginia St. beginning at 8:00 a.m. and pick up a Careopoly game board. The game board is needed to receive the discounts. Plan to start your day with a cup of coffee or breakfast at one of the participating restaurants before the shops open at 10:00. Most shops will have extended hours on Saturday. For more fun, a raffle and auction will be part of the event.
Each vendor is customizing their offer, so the discount might be 20 percent off your purchase, a specially priced meal, or even a freebie! Over 30 merchants are participating, as are as several restaurants.
“It’s a win-win” said one merchant. “The funds go to a great cause, and it brings more shoppers are on the Square. There’s no downside! And the $20 dollar ticket price is a steal. You can easily save that on one purchase.”
CLC Executive Director Christine Hockin-Boyd reminded us, “The $20 is indeed a great price for a day of fun and savings! But more importantly, your $20 will offer a budgeting class to a family struggling to make ends meet, feed a family for a week, or help provide counseling to someone trying to deal with grief or PTSD. You, with Community Lifeline Center, can guide someone in crisis back to self sufficiency. Your $20 means so much, even if you don’t redeem it for a discount!”
“October 12 is game day! We’ll see you on the Square – shopping, saving, caring and sharing!”
Community Lifeline Center (CLC) serves north Collin County communities by guiding residents in crisis back to self-sufficiency, by offering a variety of programs to provide assistance and support to bridge short term financial instability. Community Lifeline Center helps over 300 families and veterans a month find their way back to independence; keeping families in their home, utilities on, and basic needs met. For more information, visit www.communitylifeline.org.