Scavenger Hunt: it takes a village

FACT decided to make a bold move this year by moving the Scavenger Hunt to Ghent, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the decision. For starters, the people of Norfolk are simply outstanding. As you might imagine, when trudging along a new territory to spread the news about a charity fundraiser, we are not always greeted with open arms and ears. This was never the case in Ghent. From store clerks to restaurant managers, each and every individual we encountered was kind and welcoming- many even feeling compelled to help.

The compassion wasn’t bounded to only Ghent, either. The City of Norfolk has the most obliging, competent employees that we have had the pleasure of working with in quite a while. City employees have a lot on their plates, and it is not uncommon for a week to go by before receiving an answer to a matter as simple as trashcan placement. Again, this was not the case this time around. At one point, we had Ashley Johnson from the city calling us to ensure her reply via email was clear enough, and checking to see if we had any questions. Meanwhile, Timothy Forbes (Blair Middle School Assistant Principal) was shooting pictures of the school grounds with his phone, just to help us decide where to set up our DJ equipment. Bravo, Norfolk!

“Why the move,” you may ask? Your answer: if there is ever anything FACT can do to support EVMS, we want to do it. They make their home in the heart of Norfolk, so why not bring the fun to their neighborhood? Most importantly, EVMS is the primary reason the Scavenger Hunt exists. Their groundbreaking autism research will improve the lives of many people with autism.

In closing, we have to thank those who always have our backs. Without our loyal and enthusiastic Scavenger Hunt participants; our compassionate staff and volunteers; and our dependable and supportive sponsors, Kellam Mechanical; we would never be able to get this thing off of the ground.

Click here to see pictures from the event.