By Kevin Kane
A series of Hamilton County scavenger hunts could provide a new home for disabled veterans and much needed exposure for locally-owned businesses.
March is the first month of the first-ever Hamilton County Scavenger Hunt, and Carmel small businesses will be the focus. Excluding April, each month through September will direct hunters to participating locally-owned businesses in a given Hamilton County community. The hunt will incentivize residents to get to know the area’s small businesses while also raising money for Save Our Veterans.
“It came about for a passion for two things; the people participating have a passion for disabled veterans and a passion for local businesses,” said event committee member Lois Wyant, of Wyant Photography in Carmel. “These are local businesses with a heart for people and they’re hurting for exposure right now.”
Wyant said 30 to 40 Carmel businesses will participate in March, ranging from restaurants to home décor retailers, and even a toy store. Participating businesses will display signs indicating their involvement.
“They have to do a task at that location, something fun, like taking a picture of themselves doing something,” Wyant said. “They (the business owners) have come up with some really creative things.”
Participants then would post their proof on the scavenger hunt’s Facebook page – facebook.com/HamiltonCountyIndiana.
“After they’ve done that, they get a card to the next business and the card includes a special offer at that business,” Wyant said.
With every 10th task they complete, Wyant said, their names are entered into a drawing for $200 worth of gift cards from the participating businesses. The completed tasks, however, do not carry over into later months.
Each business involved in the event will be collecting donations for Save Our Veterans, a nonprofit organization that provides education and job opportunities, as well as housing for disabled and homeless veterans.
Wyant said the hunt will be very helpful to both veterans and the small businesses struggling to make ends meet in a down economy.
“It’s just really hard on local businesses right now,” she said. “We’re just trying to get exposure for them and let people know they are there.”
For more information, as well as a schedule of future hunts around the county, visit scavengerhuntlocal.com.