In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, communities worldwide were searching for socially distanced, creative, family-fun activities. In the heart of Warsaw, Lauren McConnell, and Yummies owner Val Henrici, created a unique event to support a Warsaw graduate senior.
Thus began the Jack Marsh Memorial Scholarship Road Rally, now in its fourth year of existence. It is named after a late Warsaw Chamber of Commerce committee member and has become a family fun tradition that combines competition, challenging activities and camaraderie to support a worthy cause.
The goal of $500 was almost raised by the several teams who participated with their donations in the scavenger hunt/road rally on Sept. 1. One particular team took the college theme to a new level and was crowned the “Best Spirited“ team. The Treutlein father-daughter duo were the “Frat Brothers.“ They received the coveted “immunity trophy,“ which allowed them to travel to all the various rally points and not be concerned with the threat of any other team taking their glory.
To explain the concept of the scavenger hunt would be giving away some of the mystery and excitement behind the creativity of it all. However, as one 13-year-old participant stated: “My Mom made me come and do this, and I didn’t want to. By the time my family finished the first stop on the hunt, we were all laughing so hard. My Dad even got into it. We all got to do some thing for the scavenger hunt. It was kind of hard, but a good hard and I had a lot of fun!“
Tami Treutlein, Lisa Tangeman, Val Henrici, and Megan Growe, along with members of the YMCA, Montgomery’s Building Supply, the Warsaw Fire Department, GVFCU, Spotlight Theater, Endless Outdoors Company, and the Gates House all worked very hard to make this scavenger hunt a very unique and exciting experience for anyone of any age.
They are all looking forward to everyone participating next year.