By Andrew Wroblewski
The hunt was on in Huntington village last week.
Ten teams in search of various clues took to the village as part of the fourth annual Young Professionals Summer Scavenger Hunt, which also gave a boost to local merchants. Participants spent a combined $2,000 in the village during the five-hour hunt.
“It was the best one we’ve ever had,” said Courtney Bynoe, associate executive director of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, and organizer of the hunt. “This was a great way to support our chamber members and bring money into the village. It’s a win-win.”
Along with the boosted sales, the Young Professionals also aided a local cause. With each event the Young Professionals host, the group chooses a different cause to contribute to, according to Bynoe.
This time, they donated over 400 cans of food and toys to the Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center in Huntington. The donation came in a time of need, Bynoe said, as the shelter was running low on cat food.
As it turns out, most of the food donated to the shelter was cat food.
Another “win-win,” Bynoe said.
Back in Huntington village, restaurants that participated in the scavenger hunt were Finnegan’s, Jonathan’s Ristorante, Mac’s Steakhouse, ToA Asian Fusion and XO Restaurant; and participating merchants included Appliance World, Chip ’n Dipped, Community Pet Shop, Ooh La La Boutique, Some Like it Hot and Spicy and Value Drugs.
The hunt also proved to be successful in acquainting the hunters with unfamiliar restaurants and merchants.
“Not only does this support our members, but it gets new faces in town,” Bynoe said.
The hunt ended with the Young Professionals’ monthly Business Blender, and with prizes given out to the winning teams.