Scavenger hunt aims for fun while supporting community

SHENANGO VALLEY – The fall 2020 class of Leadership Shenango, a program of the Shenango Valley Chamber now in its 26th year, will help the Shenango Valley Chamber kick off the first fundraiser for the Chamber’s new charitable fund – The Shenango Valley Chamber Charitable Fund.

The #TeamShenango­Valley Community Scavenger Hunt, will give the community the opportunity to do tasks that support the business community and the Shenango Valley area at large as well as help raise the community’s morale during the pandemic.

For $25, a team of up to four people – which can be family, coworkers, friends, students or others – can purchase a scavenger hunt board. It will come with instructions and a list of 100 tasks that they can pick from to do in and around the community. As long as one person on the team does one of the tasks, it counts for the team, except for a few tasks that are for the entire team.

Examples of the tasks include: purchase lunch at a local restaurant. Take a picture of it – tag the restaurant with your team name and post it to the Leadership Shenango Facebook page; donate a book to one of the little freestanding libraries in the community; Write a positive review of a local small retail business and post on Facebook, Yelp or Google reviews; Take a seasonal picture of something in the Shenango Valley, tag with your team name and post it to the Leadership Shenango Facebook page. All the tasks are focused on supporting the Shenango Valley.

“I am so excited to help bring this scavenger hunt to the Shenango Valley,” said Alicia D. Seitz, a senior associate with HBK CPA’s and Consultants of Hermitage, and a participant in the Leadership Shenango program this fall. “We have a lot of really great restaurants, shops, nonprofits and historical sites throughout the valley and I think this is the perfect opportunity to involve the community and bring awareness for all the great things right here is front of our eyes.”

The $25 entry fee will go directly to the 501(c)(3) fund, recently set up with the Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. Other uses for the fund include donations for the upcoming Shenango Valley Mask and Treat, a drive-thru candy and PPE giveaway for the students and families of the Shenango Valley. With funds raised from the scavenger hunt; after minimal expenses, half the funds will remain in the charitable fund for future projects to support community needs and economic development projects and the other half will be given away by the Leadership Shenango Fall 2020 to local projects, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs that they choose – as a class – to help the community, with the donation begin made in their class name.

“Leadership Shenango embodies this project because we represent the Shenango Valley along with its businesses, and this project can help the community in so many ways,” said Ty Cole, director of development and alumni relations at Penn State Shenango. Ty is also a participant in the Fall 2020 Leadership Shenango program. “Not being from the area myself (originally), I know I’m going to take the time to see the Shenango Valley through this project. I also see this project as a way to help spread some joy in our Shenango Valley community during this time.”

The event, which will run through Dec. 18, will also have a drawing for those who complete their tasks. Once a card is completed, it can be brought back and a tag will be attached to it with the team name and the date of completion and entered into a drawing. Two teams who complete 25 tasks will be drawn and each team member in those winning teams will get a $25 gift card to the Shenango Valley small business or restaurant of their choice.

Teams that purchase four scavenger hunt cards and complete all 100 tasks will be entered into a special grand prize drawing. Each team member of that grand prize winning team will receive $100 worth of gift cards to a local business or restaurant (or mix) of their choice, plus an additional $25 gift card for each team member to be given away in their team name on the Shenango Valley Retail/Takeout Facebook pages.

Participants can sign up on the event Facebook page or at the Shenango Valley Chamber office in Sharon during office hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The first five teams that sign up will get a special swag bag for each team member. They can follow the scavenger hunt on the Leadership Shenango Facebook page.

For more information, contact Sherris Moreira at 724-981-5880 or sherris@svchamber.com or visit the Leadership Shenango Facebook page at facebook.com/pg/LeadershipShenango or the scavenger hunt event link at facebook.com/events/3345328458914268/

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