Deserving Glebe resident Mona Hafez wins $10,000 Glebe Spree

January 16, 2017 | by glebeadmin

From left: Kunstadt Sports owner Eric Kunstadt, BMO at Lansdowne Branch Manager Eugeniya Tsetlin, Glebe Spree Grand Prize Winner Mona Hafez, McKeen Metro Glebe Owner Rebecca McKeen and Glebe BIA Executive Director Andrew Peck award the $10,000 prize at Mckeen Metro Glebe Monday morning.

Mona Hafez didn’t bother submitting her Glebe Spree ballots during last year’s contest, because she didn’t think she had any chance of winning the $10,000 shopping spree.

“I thought it was a waste of time,” she admits.

“I wasn’t going to win.”

But when she had completed 8 full ballots this year, she decided to take her chances.

It seemed to work, as Hafez’s name was pulled in the Glebe Spree grand prize draw, and with it a $10,000 shopping spree in the Glebe.

“I’m absolutely surprised, I’ve never won anything like that, nothing at all maybe,” laughed Hafez, who has lived in the Glebe for the past several years. “I’m going to just get the basics for now and then decide what to do with the money.”

When she first got the winning call, Hafez immediately though about a nice trip somewhere warm, where she could lie on the beach and relax. So, yes, she will likely be spending some of the cash at Flight Centre, but she may wait for one more bitter cold spell before she takes a vacation.

“I think I will wait to reach that breaking point of being desperate to leave Ottawa in the winter, but I am sure that will happen soon.”

Hafez submitted a total of eight ballots this year, and submitted her winning one at LCBO.

Mona Hafez shows off her new BMO bank card loaded with $10,000 to spend in the Glebe.

Rebecca McKeen of McKeen Metro Glebe, Bank of Montreal Branch Manager at Lansdowne Eugeniya Tsetlin, Kunstadt Sports owner and contributor of the Glebe Spree Early-Bird Prize Eric Kundstadt and Glebe BIA Executive Director Andrew Peck were on hand to give out the prize at McKeen Metro Glebe on Monday morning.

“We’re so happy to award this year’s prize to a local shopper, one who supports many of our Glebe businesses throughout the year,” said Glebe BIA Executive Director Andrew Peck.  “Glebe Spree rewards loyalty of our best customers and winning $10,000 in your own community is pretty special.  I’m sure Mona will find everything she is looking for among our diverse lineup of unique shops, services and delicious restaurants.”

Now in its Sixth year, Glebe-Spree is a highly popular contest funded by the merchants of the Glebe that encourages holiday shoppers to support local business. As an added bonus, Glebe merchants gave an additional 30, $100 prizes to random shoppers for the Any Day Prize during the contest.

The Glebe BIA would like to say thank you to all our participating businesses and members for their continued support of Glebe Spree. In particular, we would like to thank our main sponsors, McKeen Metro Glebe and BMO at Lansdowne, the Early Bird Prize sponsor, Kunstadt Sports, and the thirty businesses who contributed an Any Day Prize to this year’s contest.