Hunting for gold

Published 11:11 pm Monday, May 6, 2013

A fundraiser in Suffolk this Saturday will be akin to TV show “The Amazing Race,” with teams journeying across the city on a hunt to win prizes.

The Suffolk Exchange Club’s Scavenger Hunt takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Teams of three to six will drive from one end of the city to the other, in search of as many objects from a list as they can find.

“For instance, (in 2012) one of the things was to go to a certain fire station and take a picture in a fireman’s boots,” club member Beverly Outlaw said.

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“Or it might be to take a picture in front of a certain house or the Visitor Center.”

As well as raising money for the club’s activities in support of the community — such as preventing child abuse, providing educational materials for schools and helping out in nursing homes — the scavenger hunt serves two other purposes, Outlaw said.

“It allows people in Suffolk to get acquainted with where they live, and it gains recognition for the Exchange Club and its projects,” she said.

The club has existed for only three years, and the scavenger hunt, which Outlaw called its “signature project,” was inaugurated last year.

“We got a very good response from it,” she said, explaining that the idea came from “one of our members who had done something like it in the past.”

“So many other service organizations do different kinds of fundraisers, and this was one we hadn’t heard of, so we thought we’d give it a try.”

In 2012, most teams were made up of family and friends of Exchange Club members, Outlaw said.

“It would be great if businesses got involved this year,” she said.

Teams can register right up until the event gets under way, at 1 p.m. The starting point will be O’doodle Doo’sDonuts, 1601 Bridge Road.

Registration costs $50, and teams can register in advance by contacting Andrea Havrila at frog170@verizon.net or 371-9490.

Teams win points for each challenge completed. The prizes include $200 for first place and $100 for second.

There will be a prize for best costume — teams are encouraged to get creative on this one — and also door prizes.

Team members with a more intimate knowledge of Suffolk’s highways and byways, like postal carriers and first-responders, do have an advantage, Outlaw said.

“The advantage (however) is diminished with GPS,” she added. “Once you get the list, you can map out where you are going to go.”