Muskegon Chamber will redeem Muskegon Money for some uses

March 27, 2009
| By Pete Daly |
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MUSKEGON — The Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce has announced it will redeem Muskegon Money certificates for vouchers usable toward Muskegon Summer Celebration passes and the Chamber's Muskegon travel guide, and for some purchases at Cinema Carousel and Harbor Theater.

Muskegon Money promotional gift certificates had been authorized for years by the Chamber for use at participating local stores and businesses. The certificates were administered and backed by CertifiChecks, Inc. of Dayton, Ohio, which abruptly filed for Chapter 7 liquidation at the end of February, and immediately stopped honoring the certificates.

Local business booster organizations across the United States, including the Chambers at Muskegon, Holland and Grand Haven, and the Local First organization in Greater Grand Rapids, had been using promotional gift certificates administered by CertifiChecks. The sudden demise of that company left the certificates still in circulation worthless. However, the Holland and Grand Haven Chambers said they would redeem the CertifiChecks gift certificates issued under their respective promotional programs.

Cindy Larsen, president of the Muskegon Chamber, said today individuals still holding Muskegon Money certificates can bring them to the Chamber office and redeem them, dollar for dollar, for vouchers.

  • The vouchers, which are not redeemable for cash, can be used for:
    Up to $20 off each season pass to the Muskegon Summer Celebration 2009. 
  • A Muskegon travel guide book published by the Chamber, which costs $15.
  • Popcorn purchases at Cinema Carousel located at 4289 Grand Haven Road.
  • Admission tickets at the Harbor Theater at 1937 Lakeshore Drive.

Janessa Stroud of the Chamber staff said some Muskegon area businesses still have large numbers of unused gift certificates and the Chamber is working with them on an individual basis to try to resolve the problem.

Stroud said Chamber officials believe there is somewhere between $25,000 and $35,000 in Muskegon Money certificates still in circulation.

Larsen said at a news conference today that the Chamber is working with the Michigan Attorney General's office to try to recover the money that had been paid to CertifiChecks to administer the gift certificates.

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