Claremore’s bimonthly shopping ‘mob’ took over Sailor Antiques and Collectibles earlier this month for downtown’s Cash Mob and in turn will benefit graduating senior’s safety.
Every other month for Cash Mob, participants gather and then, as a group, “mob” a downtown store chosen at random, spending $20 in that store. Hundreds of dollars are pumped into the local economy in 45 minutes.
“As a business owner, it’s encouraging and it means a lot to be chosen and get the exposure from the community,” said Brenda Reno, owner of Sailor Antiques, 422 W. Will Rogers Blvd. “It gives shoppers an opportunity to come in and see what’s available downtown.”
To do even more for the community, 10 percent of the proceeds of the night go to a local nonprofit or cause voted on by the mobbers themselves. This month, mobbers chose to help Claremore High School students have a safe graduation.
The CHS Graduation Celebration is an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. lock in for high school graduates the night of graduation, said one of the committee members Amber Highfill. The goal is to keep the students safe on a night that is traditionally a party night for high schoolers.
“It helps benefit the safety of the high school students,” Highfill said. “It’s an all-night lock in event.”
Each year, the committee raises thousands of dollars to provide a DJ, a hypnotist, inflatables, food and a prize for each graduate. The Celebration is now in its 18th year.
Before the mob began, attendees came to a VIP gathering at the Three Twenty on Main, 320 W. Will Rogers Blvd., and sampled wine from Arri’bin Hills Winery while enjoying hors d’oeuvres a tour of the new facility.
Cash Mob is every other month on the first Tuesday of the month. Pre-registration is necessary because the starting location changes each month. Register online here, and we will email the location out a week prior.
The next Cash Mob is scheduled for June 6 and is sponsored by Will Rogers Downs Casino. The selected store will be drawn at 5:30 p.m., but the VIP gathering will begin at 4:30 p.m.