The group of Cash Mobbers gather in downtown Claremore before mobbing The Grapevine earlier this month.
Downtown Claremore was mobbed earlier this month – mobbed by a group of local supporters who were eager to spend money at the bimonthly Cash Mob.
Shoppers flocked to The Grapevine, 404 W. Will Rogers Blvd., for the event and spent nearly $900 in less than an hour.
The Cash Mob is hosted by Claremore Main Street. Ten percent of the proceeds from the night were donated to the United Methodist Church’s School Supply Program, the nonprofit chosen by the mobbers on the night of the Cash Mob.
“We loved having the Cash Mob come and support our store and the wonderful vendors we have,” said Jeannie Smith, owner of The Grapevine. “To show our appreciation for what the Cash Mob did for us, we were very honored to make a donation to the school supply program.”
Last year, UMC’s School Supply Program helped 3,215 children – more than a quarter of all public school children in Rogers County – with their school supplies.
“This will send five-and-a-half kids to school with full supplies,” UMC Pastor Ray Crawford said of the $100 donation. “They are just giving them a pencil and notebook.”
Participants in the Cash Mob agree to attend every other month and spend at minimum $20 at the store chosen at random the night of the event. The goal is to encourage shopping local and the downtown businesses’ success and to support local nonprofits.
The final Cash Mob of the 2015-16 season will be at 5:30 p.m. June 7. To participate in the final one, sign up here.
Jeannie Smith, owner of the Grapevine, hands a check to Ray Dawson, who is in charge of the United Methodist Church School Supply Program, and Pastor Ray Crawford (right).