For Good: Scavenger hunt to benefit St. Pete animal shelter on Nov. 14

A local nonprofit animal shelter is hoping to raise some funds through a scavenger hunt that will take place in downtown St. Petersburg on November 14.

The Quest for the Emerald Paw will start at 11 a.m. at the Friends of Strays Animal Shelter, 2911 47th Ave. N. Teams will wind through downtown St. Pete toward Grand Central, stopping at stores, murals, statues and other destinations to collect clues along the way. The quest will end in DTSP, with an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. and a victory party to follow.

Mo Eppley, president of the Board of Directors for Friends of Strays, anticipates around 50 teams participating in the event. The cost to enter: $100 per teams of four.

Team names will be selected from the names of animals currently available for adoption at the shelter. Each team member will receive a T-shirt to wear during the quest, and a drink ticket for the celebration party.

The "emerald paw" prize is actually a 3D printed Emerald Paw trophy from FreeFab 3D, LLC, one of the event's sponsors, says Eppley, owner of St. Pete-based MityMo Design and co-founder of FreeFab

Local Tampa Bay social media personality and reporter Meredyth Censullo will be the MC for the victory party after the scavenger hunt, Eppley says. The location is TBA. 
 
The Quest for the Emerald Paw "is really for anyone," Eppley says. "This is a great way for someone who supports animals causes, but doesn’t want to go to the shelter."

By making the event something distinctive from a "typical fundraiser," Epply says, "we really hope this brings awareness to our organization. This makes it fun and helps the animals!"  

Interested in participating in the Quest for the Emerald Paw scavenger hunt? The deadline to sign up is November 11; register online here.

Volunteers are wanted; to sign up, email the organizing team here.

Friends of Strays performs vaccinations and checkups, and cares for cats and dogs until they are adopted. The nonprofit organization, located in St. Pete, works to care for and adopt out homeless pets from the animal shelter, which can house up to 100 cats and dogs at a given time.

Read more articles by Justine Benstead.

Justine Benstead is a feature writer for 83 Degrees Media in the Tampa Bay region of Florida.
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