People, Places & Events


Brookshire’s collect and win game popular
Special to The Monitor
TYLER–Brookshire’s Food Stores are getting a lot of consumer attention since the start of the company’s “$1 Million Victory Lane Texas Motor Speedway Collect-and-Win Game.”
“So far, most people are pretty excited about the game,” Brookshire’s Seven Points Store manager Kevin Musselwhite told The Monitor.
The game guarantees that one customer in the company’s four-state marketing area of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi will win a $1 million cash prize.
Numerous other prizes include a $50,000 cash prize, a $25,000 cash prize, five Ford F-150 King Ranch pick-up trucks, five 2007 Ford Mustang convertibles, four Harley-Davidson motorcycles, five Kawasaki four-wheelers, 14 seven-day Carnival cruises, 200 iPods, 200 Xbox 360s, and other cash prizes ranging from $2 to $5,000.
“It’s already generated increased customer visits,” Musselwhite said. “And, our employees are just as excited about the game as our customers.”
A “partner” version of the same game with all the same prizes, except the million-dollar prize, is being enjoyed by Brookshire’s employees, he said.
“It has been several years since we had this type of promotion in our stores, and everyone seems to be loving it,” vice president-marketing for the Tyler-based grocery retailer Rebecca Sanders said.
Customers receive game boards at the registers, and game pieces are distributed with each Thank You Card purchase of specially marked merchandise.
The number of tickets earned per transaction is based on qualifying purchases and is printed on the receipt. There is no limit to the number of game pieces that can be earned.
“It’s exciting to see our customers getting excited about it,” Mabank Brookshire’s store manager Dean Fannin said. “We’ve already had some cash winners here in Mabank.”
Fannin said he was thankful for the vendors who are making the game possible.
“It seems like everybody’s saying ‘all I need is one’ (piece to complete the card),” Fannin said.
“It’s fun to go in there and see if my next game piece is the one I’m looking for,” Ronda Pennington said.
“This morning instead of going to McDonald’s for a quick breakfast, I went to Brookshire’s so I could get another game piece. Who knows, I might win,” Pennington added.
The game began Jan. 10 and will end April 17.

Kemp Chamber plans Bluebonnet Festival
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KEMP–The Kemp branch of The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is planning its annual Bluebonnet Festival.
Once again, the festival will be a two-day event Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, with Friday being a day for the young people, with many activities aimed at the younger crowd.
Saturday will feature all kinds of activities for everyone of all ages, including a car show downtown, games in the park, a volleyball tournament, and much more.
There are still sponsorship opportunities available at this time, so feel free to call the Kemp Branch and be part of this annual event.
At the Branch’s monthly meeting Jan. 23, members selected new officers – chair Mark Chancellor with Kemp Self Storage, vice-chair Krista McAnally, secretary Stephenie Nabors with Hottie’s Tanning Salon, and treasurer Donna Allen with Tatom’s Tax Service.
Branch members also voted to sponsor a bowling lane in the Sunday, Feb. 18, bowling fund-raiser for the Kemp Athletic Booster Club, benefiting the club’s Scholarship Fund.
At this time there are sponsorships still available for lanes at $50 per lane. Team fee is $125 for four members, which includes shoes.
If you would like to be part of this, please contact Frank Gorka at (903) 498-6232.
Local businesswoman and chamber member June Salter is at home, following a hospital stay.

Friends of the Animals receive $10,000 grant
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Friends of the Animals Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic, non-profit organization, is the recipient of a generous $10,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to assist local shelters and rescue groups in spaying/neutering their animals before adopting them out to loving families.
Approaching its 10,000th surgery, Friends has been open 4˝ years serving Henderson County and beyond.
Sterilizing 10,000 animals means that literally millions of little unwanted lives have not and will not be born. It means that our community improves with fewer feral cats and roaming packs of dogs.
Providing these paid-for surgeries for local shelters and rescue groups means that their few hard-earned dollars can go to other services for the animals, perhaps taking in additional unwanted animals.
And it means that the animals that are adopted will never reproduce.
Dr. Glen Campbell runs Buckingham VCA Animal Hospital in Dallas and was named by D Magazine as one of the best veterinarians in Dallas. He comes to the lake every Tuesday to do surgeries for Friends of the Animals.
Costs for surgeries are amazingly low ranging from $25 for a male cat up to $65 for a giant breed female dog.
Assistance with these costs can be obtained from the Family Resource Center in Gun Barrel City or Christian Life Center Food Pantry in Gun Barrel City, open only Tuesday and Thursday.
To make an appointment for spay/neuter surgery, to volunteer or to find out more about Friends of the Animals, call (903) 887-PETS (7387) or visit the web site
Since its inception in 1994, PetSmart Charities (PCI) has helped save the lives of more than 2.8 million homeless pets, and has given more than $42 million to animal welfare programs across the United States and Canada.
PCI works to improve the quality of lives for companion animals by creating and supporting programs that save the lives of homeless pets, facilitating adoptions through in-store programs, raising awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promoting healthy relationships between people and pets.
To learn more about how PCI is working to help find a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit or call 1-800-423-PETS.