The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce kicks off the 2013 holiday shopping season Saturday with a community scavenger hunt.
Teams will solve clues, complete crazy tasks, and earn points toward big prizes all while visiting York County businesses and attractions.
The hunt begins at 1 p.m. at the Galleria center court. There will be a raffle where 3 teams will have a chance to win a new Honda for the day. Afterward, teams of 4 will travel throughout Rock Hill, Fort Mill and Tega Cay, tweeting photos and buy-local messages at each checkpoint to earn points towards various prizes.
The hunt ends with an awards celebration at 4 p.m. with free food and drinks for participants while prizes are awarded to both the highest and lowest scoring teams.
Each member of the winning team will receive a Sony Smart Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-ray player, and the individual participant with the most points will win a 39-inch flat screen television.
Alisha Rosenthal, communications manager for the regional chamber, said the event is about creating awareness for our local businesses and getting people excited about shopping here at home for the holidays.
The head of the volunteer buy-local committee is Tim Marini of Founders Federal Credit Union. Marini said, When we spend money with a business (large or small) in York County, that money is used to not only pay local taxes that keep our roads and public services viable, but its used to pay the employees at that business. Those employees can then spend more with other local businesses and donate to local charities. Its about supporting our friends and neighbors here in our hometown and building a stronger community.
For registration information go to http://holidayhunt.eventbrite.com. At least one member of each team must be 18 years or older. For information contact Rosenthal at the Regional Chamber office by phone at 803-324-7500 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I spent 20 years in corporate America and left to start my own wholesale insurance operation in 2001. We achieved tremendous success helping others grow their businesses, but I had no balance in my personal life. I needed a change in direction, she said.
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