3 Years and nearly $30,000 later…Delray Beach Seek In The City Scavenger Hunt gaining momentum

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Charity event seeing more value for membership and community each year
DELRAY BEACH, FL – They Prepared, They Strategized, They Hunted, They Discovered. Over 200 “Seekers” participated in the 3rd Annual Seek In The City Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, June 21st which raised around $10,000 for 10 local non-profits. Each Team was provided a list of 99 clues at the Kick Off at the Delray Beach Elk’s Lodge and had 10 minutes to strategize before going on the Business & Landmark Scavenger Hunt. Chamber Charities, a 501(c) 3 organization, runs the event that not only raises money for local charities, but also increases awareness to Delray businesses and is a fun community-wide, educational, team building activity. New this year, the Seekers were given the opportunity to receive bonus points for pre-registering, for renewing membership or joining the Chamber of Commerce, and for making donations to the event. There were a lot of clues stops grouped in areas around Delray Beach – not only downtown but at Delray Marketplace west on Lyons Road, S. Federal Highway, and Congress Avenue. An increase in internal competition is also becoming more evident as there are more businesses signing up to use the event as a Team Building and Networking exercise. “I particularly loved seeing the increase in businesses signing up as teams – from Northwestern Mutual/Ruhl Financial Group with 4 teams, Lang Realty with 3 teams, to Florida Blue with 1 team, who all took advantage of the event and its unique way of offering intense relationship building and team strategizing,” stated Kim Bentkover, the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Director and event Co-Chair. Another new concept included more activity-based Clue Stops. Such as The Delray Beach Pineapple Newspaper had run a ‘Clue’ in the June paper that said “Get A Clue!” with instructions on how to make a paper hat. Those who figured out that they could make a hat out of the paper before the event were able to save a couple minutes on Scavenger Hunt day, since that was a requirement to get the points at their Clue Stop. Or even at the Chamber of Commerce office, seekers had to ‘Pin the Faces’ on lifesize cardboard cutouts with the correct face of Chamber President Karen Granger and Chairman of the Board Scott Porten. Once they had the correct faces pinned, they acquired the points. Anyone could participate in the Scavenger Hunt as a Seeker, but only Chamber Member Businesses in good standing qualified to be Business Clue Stops which included over 60 businesses. Around 40 clues stops included other destinations such as local landmarks like the fountain at Veterans Park and fun activities such as taking a photo of entire team on Monkeybars were also part of the adventure. Two Fat Cookies is a new local bakery in Pineapple Grove and participated as a Clue Stop during the Scavenger Hunt. Zoey Wexler, exclaimed “It was great to see people so excited to participate in a community event. The teams were running in and out of our business all day, some even asked us to join them in their selfies. We are thrilled to be part of such a great and growing neighborhood!” Winning the 1st place prize package valued at $1,000 for their 2nd year in a row was team “Super Safins” who visited 64 locations and scored 980 points, 2nd Place team also for their 2nd year in a row “Business Consultants of South Florida” scored 970 points but had actually visited 69 locations, and 3rd Place team “Delray’s Finest” participating for their first time scored 900 points and visited 57 locations. Clue Stops varied by points, ranging from 5 to 50 and made all the difference in the final leaderboard. Montgomery L. Byers, Jr, the CEO of SMDigital and the technology company behind the (Seek in the City) event, added, “We couldn’t have asked for a better third year. Armed with their smart phones, creative attire and team spirit, all the participants had a blast scouring Delray Beach in search of clues, learning about this great city and its fabulous and diverse businesses. To top it off, the proceeds benefited many great organizations. SMDigital was pleased to be a part of it again!” Other Sponsors include: Emiliano Brooks Productions, The Delray Beach Pineapple Newspaper, Atlantic Avenue Magazine, Accounting & Tax Services of Delray, Delray Beach Elks Lodge 1770, the biostation, Mindful Management, Northwestern Mutual / Ruhl Financial Group, Promo Girl. A check presentation and sponsor recognition party took place at N2 Wine Bar on Monday, July 21st to give each of the selected beneficiaries their $822 check from the proceeds of this year’s event. The recipients include: American Cancer Society – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, The Arts Garage, Chamber Charities, City House Delray Beach, CROS Ministries (Christians Reaching Out to Society), Delray Beach Community Land Trust, Sister Cities of Delray Beach, Inc., Spirit of Giving Network, Wheels From The Heart, and Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program, Inc. A Photo Gallery is available on the event website: www.seekinthecitydelray.com as well as the Final Leaderboard with the Team rankings. Questions may be directed to kim@delraybeach.com or call the Chamber (561) 278-0424.  

RECAP FACTS

• 1330 possible points • 99 Clue Stops to be discovered • 44 teams participated (up to 5 per team) • $10,000 raised to benefit 10 local charities = almost $30,000 over 3 years • Most frequented Clue Stop>s: #1 Delray Beach Elks Lodge (Start & End of Hunt) #2 Tie between Spot Coffee & The Delray Beach Pineapple Newspaper • Best Team Costume: Epic Pride