The Edmond Sun

June 11, 2013

Rain answers 9 couples’ prayers

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The terrible storms during the week beginning May 19 brought a few bright spots for three Edmond grooms who purchased engagement rings from BC Clark Jewelers.   

With more than an inch of rainfall on May 23, May 31 and June 1, nine BC Clark couples getting married on those days were entitled to a full refund of the purchase price of their engagement rings up to $5,000 in the Pray for Rain Oklahoma City promotion.

Edmond grooms and their brides include: Ben and Susanna Lindsey Przywojski, Bob and Billie Burke Walker and Tyler and Caitlin Taylor Bishop. Six other metro area couples also received the benefits of the promotion.

Ben and Susanna were married on May 23 when 2 1/2 inches of rain fell. Wilson and Katie Sapp were also married that day.

“We are pretty excited about the Pray for Rain promotion,” Ben Przywojski said. “It seems like there should be quite a few couples receiving this with all the rain we have been having.”

The couple was married on the island of Anguilla in the Carribbean and are making their home in Edmond.

Walter and Kimberly Campbell Schimmel were married May 31 when a record 5.64 inches of rain fell, the highest winning rainfall total in BC Clark’s Pray for Rain’s 15-year history.

On June 1 there was 2.04 inches of rain the day Edmond resident  Bob Walker and his fiancee Billie Burke tied the knot as did Edmond resident Tyler Bishop and Caitlin Taylor.

“When I received the phone call from a BC Clark representative, my mind went to, ‘I think I made my last payment,’” Walker said. “It was a total surprise to us.”

Walker said he had paid for half of the ring and the check will pay the ring off, and they will have some cash coming back.

“My wife had warned me about taking phone calls on the honeymoon,” Walker said, “but I made a signal for a high-five and hugged her and told her we were getting the ring paid for by BC Clarks. We were getting ready to go on a tour of the cemetery where Ben Franklin’s grave is, and we hugged and kissed again.”

During their honeymoon while waiting in the airport on their way to Philadelphia, Walker said they had been talking about the contest and jokingly said it would probably rain .99 inches.

“We were quite surprised; we thought it had to rain an inch at the (Will Rogers World) airport,” he said. “We didn’t realize there were three additional sites where they measured the rainfall.”   

People can track Oklahoma City’s rainfall in real time from their smartphones with BC Clark’s Pray for Rain Gauge web app at Rainfall is measured at three Oklahoma Mesonet locations across the metro. The highest amount is reported.

The original purchaser of a diamond engagement ring from BC Clark Jewelers is entitled to a full refund (excluding sales tax) of the purchase price of that ring, up to a maximum of $5,000 if rain falls on the wedding day for which the ring was purchased measures 1 inch or more at any of BC Clark’s official locations of measurement. Rainfall is measured during the 24-hour period of midnight to midnight the day of the wedding.

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