Sussex Scavenger Hunt to raise money for Easter Seals 5K team


Easter Seals will be hosting a Sussex Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, Aug. 19, to benefit a team for the 2018 Walk with Me & 5K Fun Run, set for Oct. 21 at Baywood Greens.

The scavenger hunt is designed as a fun opportunity to visit the landmarks of Sussex County and win prizes from local businesses while supporting a cause.

The afternoon will begin with registration at 1:30 p.m. at Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery, located at 32512 Blackwater Road, Frankford. Participants will then head out on their scavenger hunt.

Following the scavenger hunt, participants will gather again at Salted Vines for a check-in and after-party at 4:30 p.m. Food, alcohol and juice will be available for purchase. There will be live music, with a performance by Norman Gaither, and Dale Clifton Jr., the curator and director of DiscoverSea Museum, will make a presentation on pieces from the museum.

“He is going to have a lot of his treasure on display at the vineyard,” said Easter Seals Community Relations & Event Coordinator Linda Forte. “I think we’re going to raffle off a golden coin and a few other things. We’ll have some door prizes.”

The activities will come to a close after the scavenger hunt, and raffle winners will be awarded prizes at 5:30 p.m.

The scavenger hunt is just one of the many fundraising events the group is planning this year. On Friday, Aug. 10, Easter Seals held a fundraiser at Warren’s Station restaurant in Fenwick Island. Diners had the opportunity to meet 6-year-old Stella Lieb, the 2018 Easter Seals ambassador, and 5 to 10 percent of the cost of each meal went toward Lieb’s 5K team, Stella Bella’s Wings.

“The teams at the walk compete to see who can raise the most money. It’s kind of a fun thing,” Forte said. The organization hopes to raise $50,000, she added.

Each fundraiser benefits local families, such as the Liebs, who have received the services of Easter Seals.

The organization currently provides programs and care to people of all ages with special needs and physical, emotional, intellectual, social and educational disabilities. However, it originated as a resource solely for children.

“Easter Seals, interestingly, started in the early 1900s, taking care of children. They were the services that we provided then. It’s grown to the point today that we are the one agency that serves every age,” Forte said.

Services are offered at Easter Seals’ facilities or inside the homes or schools of those in need.

To register for the scavenger hunt, contact Teresa Salinardo at (302) 934-9264 or jsalinardo@aol.com. The registration fees are $30 per adult or $10 per child. To learn more about the work of Easter Seals and other upcoming fundraisers, contact Linda Forte at (302) 542-3127 or lforte@esdel.org.

By Ally Lanasa
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