Teams like this one from last St. Patrick’s Day, which includes Kristen King, Julie Maley, Tara Powrozek and Shirley West, will take part in a road rally scavenger hunt to benefit Woman’s Life Chapter 911 and the Sparkle Network on Saturday, March 20.

Teams like this one from last St. Patrick’s Day, which includes Kristen King, Julie Maley, Tara Powrozek and Shirley West, will take part in a road rally scavenger hunt to benefit Woman’s Life Chapter 911 and the Sparkle Network on Saturday, March 20.

Photo provided by Lynn Karnes

Eastpointe-Roseville chamber teams with nonprofits for road rally scavenger hunt

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 21, 2021


EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce is planning a socially distanced fun event to benefit two local nonprofits.

The Get Shamrocked Eastside Photo Scavenger Hunt and Road Rally will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20, and will benefit Woman’s Life Chapter 911 and the Sparkle Network.

“We have done (road rally scavenger hunts) before in Shelby (Township), Utica and Sterling Heights. We’ve done them at St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween,” explained Lynn Karnes, the president of Woman’s Life Chapter 911. “Right now, it’s the only kind of event we can do because of COVID. We still need to raise money, and this allows large amounts of people to participate while staying socially distanced.”

Teams will travel around the Eastpointe and Roseville area taking photos and following clues. At the end, the teams will compete in points for prizes.

“Each team will be scored by points, and the first three teams with the highest score — we weigh both score and their arrival time — will get a cash prize,” said Karnes. “Sign-in for the event starts at 2 p.m., and the rally starts at 2:30 p.m. If someone brings a bottle of body wash for the (Woman’s Life Chapter 911) hygiene pantry, they get an extra 10 points. As long as all team members are wearing green, they start out with 91 points. The cost to enter is $50, and no teams can register the day of. It has to be done ahead of time.”

The event will be done by teams of no more than four, and all health precautions will be taken, including mandatory mask-wearing.

“There will be envelopes with clues that will take the participants to businesses throughout Eastpointe and Roseville. They will either have to take a picture of something or do something specific at each location and end up at the ending location by a specific time: 4:41 p.m,” said Karnes. “People have to prepay and preregister prior to Thursday, March 11, and they can contact us at wl911macomb or by calling (586) 604-6907.”

Sandra Maki, event coordinator director for the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce, said this type of activity was an obvious choice considering the limitations on fundraisers because of the restrictions in place in response to COVID-19. She also said that Woman’s Life Chapter 911 and the Sparkle Network were two causes they were happy to help contribute to.

“Uniting with long time Chamber Members Woman’s Life Chapter 911 and Sparkle Network is a win-win for all three organizations,” she stated in an email. “Engaging in a fun yet safe event after months of inactivity is sorely needed right now to lift everyone’s spirits. In addition, the proceeds from this event support two charities and the community at large. We are excited to work with them.”

Both nonprofits help those in the area in different ways.

“It will go toward our Dream, Believe & Do Scholarships, which are for 2021 high school seniors,” said Moe Lietz, the Sparkle Network founder. “It’s for Macomb or Oakland County students, and they have to have 40 hours or more of documented community service. They also have to complete an essay.”

“Woman’s Life is part of Woman’s Life Insurance Society based out of Port Huron, and we are a social group of volunteers that get together and do community service projects and matching-fund fundraisers for individuals, families and nonprofits throughout Macomb County,” Karnes added. “We do a meat raffle, where you play for meat. It’s a blast; people buy tickets, and they can win a good steak dinner or something. We do community flea markets in the summer, and this year we opened up a community hygiene pantry in Shelby Township for Macomb County residents.”

Karnes said Woman’s Life Chapter 911 has done similar events before in nearby communities, and they have been big hits.

“The first one we did was a Halloween one, and it was dark and raining, so it was a learning experience that we have perfected over the last three years,” she remarked. “It’s a great avenue to get out and explore the area while having fun and maintaining social distancing. We’ve been cooped up long enough.”

This is the first time the Sparkle Network has taken part in one of the road rallies, but Lietz said she was very impressed with the format and happy there was a way to raise money in a way that is both safe and fun.

“This is the first time we have joined Lynn for the road rallies. We were looking for ways to fundraise that could be done with COVID. So many of the activities we do have to be done in person, and we just had to stop them last year,” she said. “It’s small groups; no one is going near each other even when they are at the stops. It still lets friends meet up and have fun. There are a lot of fun clues, and you can dress up for the holiday. It’s a good time for everyone.”

She added that it should be a good opportunity for people to socialize and have a fun time after having so few opportunities to do so in the past year.

“It’s a chance to be around friends again, and most people haven’t had that chance in months,” remarked Lietz. “It gives that chance without having to be unsafe or be around large groups.”