Exchange club hosts Suffolk scavenger hunt

Published 9:24 pm Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Suffolk Exchange Club is looking to capture the childhood fun of a scavenger hunt in its annual fundraiser.

Teams of four or more people are invited to get to know the city while having a good time and helping the community. The hunt is set for Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open registration will take place at 9 a.m.

The registration fee is $12.50 per person, and participants under 18 need a waiver signed by a parent to take part in the event.

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“It think (people) are going to have a ball,” said BabRhetta Maxwell, the Suffolk Exchange Club’s secretary. “Everyone loves doing treasure and scavenger hunts.”

The hunt will start at Berea Christian Church, but it will take participants all over the city to find different things and places.

Maxwell said she thinks this is a great way for residents to get to know Suffolk’s rich history and character.

“We want to get people to know all there is in Suffolk,” she said.

Participants must have their own transportation and a digital camera or camera phone for photographic proof of some of their findings.

She added attendees also are encouraged to wear costumes and decorate their cars for the event.

Teams will receive points for their findings, and the team with the most points overall will win a $200 cash prize.

There will also be prizes for other categories, including fastest time and craziest decorated car.

This will be the non-profit organization’s major fundraiser for the year, and if it goes well, Maxwell said, Suffolk Exchange hopes it can be an annual event.

“We’re going to try to make this our signature event,” she said. “It’s just something different. Everyone does a chili cookout, and we wanted to do something different.” Maxwell said the event will serve as a chance for people to get to know the Suffolk Exchange Club, which has been around for a little more than a year.

All of the proceeds from the event will go into Suffolk Exchange Club projects that benefit the community, including work the group does with Angel Food Ministries to deliver food to seniors in Suffolk.

“We’re hoping it turns out well,” Maxwell said. “It’s family fun and a chance to get to know Suffolk.”

To register a team for the scavenger hunt, contact BabRhetta Maxwell by phone at 538-0873 or by email at