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Grownup Scavenger Hunt draws near

September 28, 2018

Scavenger hunts are not exclusively for youth, Columbus native Cheri Bollig said, adding adults should enjoy the excitement, too.

Those with a competitive spirit and a knack for Columbus trivia are in luck because the Fraternal Order of Eagles #1834 will be hosting its first Grownup Scavenger Hunt from 1-5:16 p.m. on Saturday.

“It’s kind of a neat event,” said Bollig, who serves as the Nebraska State Auxiliary president for the Fraternal Order of Eagles, an international nonprofit organization uniting fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope, as stated on its official website.

The organization donates more than $10 million annually to local communities, fundraisers and charities.

This year, Bollig was given the authority to select a charity to fundraise for and established the Fraternal Order of Eagles Eksoskeleton Project, which will see proceeds go toward purchasing Ekso suits to benefit veteran rehabilitation facilities. Each chapter is expected to host at least one event to fundraise for the charity.

According to information from the Nebraska State Fraternal Order of Eagles, there were more than 42,000 veterans in 2009 receiving medical care for spinal cord injuries at various Veterans Affairs facilities nationwide.

All proceeds collected from the scavenger hunt will go toward the cause. Bollig said she hopes to raise $150,000, which covers the price of one suit, noting it can help those who are injured stand, walk and, potentially, accelerate their recovery process.

Bollig said the event has already gotten the interest of many, which includes those from Omaha and Bellevue.

When it comes to the games, event chairwoman Lisa Munson said safety is her No.1 priority.

“It’s all about the seat belt and safety,” Munson said. “Each team must have seat belts for everyone in their team.”

Throughout the race, Munson said teams should not have to park on a busy highway to retrieve an item. Munson said each team needs to select one member as a designated driver.

In general, Munson said the game requires each team to solve several clues to collect items and take pictures within the community. There are points allocated for each clue and the team with the most points by the end of the race wins a prize.

Munson takes pride in including Columbus’s main attractions and businesses into the program to showcase what the community has to offer. Since the race is catered to adults, she revealed that there are three bars included in the race.

“But really the prize is getting to see Columbus, being on a team and it going to a great cause,” Munson said. “It’s just going to be a fun time.”

Bollig said the race also helps raise awareness for the organization and its charity. As participants are running around collecting items, Bollig said people would oftentimes approach with questions. She hopes to gather community interest in efforts to increase membership, noting the annual fee is $20 for women and $30 for men.

“They do learn a lot more about our community and we do need to advertise that we are out there in the community, as well,” she said.

Admission for each team is $19.99 per person, including a tailgate meal. Those participating are expected to check in at 1 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles #1834, 3205 12th St.

Those wishing to participate are encouraged to RSVP by messaging the organization on Facebook or call 402-564-3361 after 4 p.m. every Tuesday through Friday.

Natasya Ong is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach her via email at natasya.ong@lee.net.

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