A neighborhood-specific scavenger hunt with proceeds benefiting the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center is set for Saturday, Aug. 24.
The Clintonville Quest, as the organizers are calling what they hope will be an annual event, can't be all that difficult; after all, the three stay-at-home moms sent their husbands on a test run to see if they could figure out the clues.
The Quest will send individuals or two-person teams, on foot or using COTA buses, to various checkpoints in Clintonville. The locations of the checkpoints are revealed by clues supplied by organizers Brandy Jemczura, Julie Porr and Sarah Jackson.
"The clue-writing part was the most fun, honestly," Jemczura said last week.
Some checkpoints will include physical, mental or "just plain crazy" challenges, according to the event's website, clintonvillequest.com.
The race will start at 1 p.m. in the parking lot across from Indianola Alternative K-8, on the north side of Weber Road, and conclude 31/2 hours later with the finish line at a booth that's part of the Crestfest celebration.
The cost for advance registration is $18.47 a person until 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. Registration the day of the event, which will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., is $25 a person.
Jemczura, who is on the CRC board, said scavenger hunts have become popular around the country.
"We just kind of piggy-backed on the idea and decided it would be fun to do one that's neighborhood-specific," she said.
The trio of planners also wanted some of the stops to help enlighten Quest participants about the work the resources center does in the neighborhood.
"We wanted to focus it on other unique things about Clintonville, too," Jemczura said.
The insistence on participants traveling on foot or public transportation, she added, is both for safety and camaraderie.
"People are more likely to cross paths along the way," Jemczura said.
The prize for the team that earns the most points by getting to the most checkpoints will be gift cards and merchandise donated by local business worth more than $250. Second prize is valued at more than $200, and third-place finishers will receive gift cards and items valued in excess of $100.
"Clintonville businesses have been very generous and incredibly responsive to this idea," Jemczura said. "They were very generous with donating prizes, and we've got some really great prize packages."
Jackson, Porr and Jemczura hope to have as many as 100 participants in the Clintonville Quest, which could mean as much as $2,000 could be donated to the settlement house.
"Certainly, we want to raise some money, but I think our larger purpose is to raise awareness and let people know of ways they can get involved with CRC," Jemczura said.
"I think it's just terrific that people want to do a fun activity like this and think of us as the beneficiary, and they've even pulled in some CRC-related stops on the scavenger hunt, so there's an educational component to it," said Cliff Wiltshire, development director for the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center.
"It's going well," Jemczura added of anticipated participation in what is being planned as an annual event. "We're having pre-registration kind of trickle in. We're expecting quite a few folks to register the day of the event, which is fine."