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FRN Plans Scavenger Hunt to Raise Money

WHEELING — A hunt for fun, knowledge and a few prizes in downtown Wheeling next month could help raise some needed funds for the Ohio County Family Resource Network.

The FRN has scheduled its first scavenger hunt fundraiser for noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 24. The deadline to register is July 1, and the cost to participate is $25 per person. Teams must include at least two people, and no more than six.

Teams can download registration forms through the FRN website at www.ocfrn.com

Participants will receive a t-shirt, then complete tasks from a list provided to them at the start of the scavenger hunt, explained Jami Robinson, FRN project coordinator.

Each of the tasks will be assigned a point number, and team members must decide whether to do more easy things for lesser points or the things that require more time and effort for more points, she said.

The top three teams will receive a prize that is still being determined.

As for what the tasks are, that part is being kept “top secret,” according to Robinson. But participants can expect to be asked to collect items, play games, answer trivia, and maybe take photos of themselves in certain places doing certain things.

“We really wanted to do something fun, an event to bring people together, get people outside and raise money to help the FRN continue services to Ohio County,” she said. “Our hope is that by the end of the scavenger hunt, teams have learned more about Wheeling but have also gone places and had experiences they’ve never had before.”

The intent is for participants to maybe have to go into a business they didn’t know existed, or meet people they don’t know, Robinson explained.

The FRN had had to cancel its usual fundraisers over the past year due to COVID concerns, including its popular mother-son dance. They hope the dance can return in the future, she said.

The organization instead brainstormed to create a fundraiser for this year that could be done safely outside, she said. They also wanted it to be something that engaged and benefited the community.

“If it does well and there is interest, we hope to do it again next year,” Robinson said. “I know it’s been fun planning it.”

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