Attention, scavengers: Nov. 3 hunt set in Grand Forks-EGF to raise money for Hutton mom, baby son

If you’re hunting for something fun to do on Sat., Nov. 3, you might find a Greater Grand Forks scavenger hunt much to your liking — particularly one that is raising money for a good cause.

The scavenger hunt at the Eagles Club in East Grand Forks, Minn., begins with a social hour from noon to 1:45 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. sharp start time. All-you-can-eat chili and chips will be provided before and after the scavenger hunt, which costs participants $10 (that includes the meal) and should last two hours or less.

The meal without the scavenger hunt will cost $5.

The event consists of finding items and solving clues the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The route does include some 21-and-older establishments, but people of any age may eat and participate at the Eagles Club.

All the proceeds from the Nov. 3 scavenger hunt will be donated to the NDAD-sponsored fundraiser to help mom Kelly Hutton and baby son Mason Hutton of Grand Forks.

Little Mason Hutton is shown earlier this year in a North Dakota hospital with his parents, Kelly and Chris Hutton of Grand Forks.

Baby Mason, who turned 5 months old this week, experienced serious birth trauma issues — he was born without a heart rate and was not breathing for the first eight minutes after birth — and experienced brain bleed, bilateral brain damage and some hearing loss.

Kelly Hutton is a cancer patient. Surgeons removed a large, high-grade aggressive sarcoma from near her right rib cage in September following 25 radiation treatments in July and early August.

Mason and Kelly are the son and wife of Chris Hutton, Grand Forks County sheriff’s deputy and twice-deployed National Guard veteran. (Note: The photo shows the threesome in May at a neonatal intensive care unit.)

Scavenger hunt teams should cost of one car load, if possible, but the hunt organizers will match up any people who are unable to field a complete team.

Scavenger hunt teams are asked to contact Ryan J. Bjertness, (701) 330-3302, mazenblue1817@yahoo.com; or Lori Troyer (218) 779-8299, buckeyebabemn@yahoo.com. Teams are encouraged to call or email their entry prior to Nov. 3 to allow for accurate planning. Organizers also will accommodate any walk-in entries the day of the event.

Businesses from the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks area have provided prizes to give out to the finishing teams.

A flier promoting the Nov. 10 benefit for baby Mason Hutton and his mom, Kelly Hutton.

Another benefit for Mason and Kelly Hutton — also at the Eagles Club in East Grand Forks – is set for Sat., Nov. 10, and features a baked potato bar (4 to 7 p.m.), and silent auction and bake sale (3 to 8 p.m.). All proceeds go to assist the Huttons with medical and related expenses.

You also can mail donations to: NDAD, c/o Mason and Kelly Hutton Fundraiser, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Or, you can donate online, using a credit card, at http://www.ndad.org/fundraisers.asp . Click the “Give Online” button that accompanies the Hutton story and photo.

Follow NDAD-sponsored Communtiy Fundraisers activities the easy way. “Like” NDAD’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ndad.nd

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