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Deadline to 'scavenge' for Riley Children's Hospital is Sunday

BY CAROLINE EGGERS - ceggers@perutribune.com

Beacon Credit Union is organizing a millennial-approved scavenger hunt to benefit Riley Children’s Hospital on May 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and the deadline to register is this Sunday, April 15. 

To register, contact the Peru North Office, located at 820 N. Broadway St., at 765-472-3472. The team cost is $50.

“We just want to fully support the kids at Riley,” said Tina Carter, branch manager at the Beacon Credit Union on Broadway Street. “100 percent of money coming in will go to Riley.”

The 18 regional Beacon Credit Union branches host benefits for Riley Children’s Hospital each year, and even compete against one another to raise the most dollars.

Just last year, the Broadway branch employees sold baked goods, hosted a pulled pork lunch and partnered with Dairy Queen for a day of sales.

They raised more than $5,000, according to Carter.

“There are so many local kids that benefit from what Riley has to offer,” said Kelly Stuber, marketing director at Beacon Credit Union. “We believe in giving back to the kids.”

This year, Carter just wanted people to get outside in the sunshine to erase the memory of this dreadful winter. “We wanted to keep it simple and fun,” she said.

So Carter helped organize a unique scavenger hunt, which she hopes will encourage team building for families, coworkers or coaches with their teams.

Beginning in Maconaquah Park, the two-hour scavenger hunt may lead participants in teams of up to five through downtown Peru and into participating businesses – one member of the five-person team needs to be a legal driver.

The hunt will include the traditional act of collecting items.

But to satisfy millennials and the iGeneration, participants will also be taking pictures or selfies with specific objects – such as a red car – and uploading it to Facebook with #bcuscavengerhunt, according to Carter.

“Some will be easy to find, and some will be a little more challenging,” Carter said.

Participants will get shirts with the 12-plus participating businesses and event details printed on the back.

Following the scavenger hunt, there will be pizza donated by Harvey Hinklemeyers, a raffle of donated items, and baskets of goodies for members of the winning team.

For those who just want to donate, you can drop off or send checks made out to Riley Children’s Hospital to the Broadway branch, and Beacon Credit Union will pass it along.

“Our community has been very successful in supporting this, and we appreciate it greatly,” Carter said.