Officials at Child Safe of Central Missouri are gearing up for the agency’s 10th annual Adult Egg Hunt, set for Saturday.
“We don’t have a lot of little fundraisers throughout the year. Instead we have a dessert auction in the fall and our egg hunt in the spring,” said Child Safe Executive Director Carolyn Green. “The fundraisers combined with the donations we receive make up about a fourth of our budget, so it’s incredibly important for us.”
Last year’s hunt raised approximately $40,000 and had around 500 participants. Green said she’s hoping to see at least those numbers this year, though she would prefer higher totals. Proceeds will go toward Child Safe, which assists children and families who have made allegations of being sexually abused.
“All our services are free and a big part of keeping them free is this fundraiser,” Green said.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the hunt, this year’s event will honor Bob and Karen Edwards. Karen was one of the founding members of the Child Safe Board of Directors and the idea of an adult egg hunt was originally Bob’s idea. Additionally, the couple hosted the hunt on their property for the first four years before it was moved to the Mathewson Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.
“They’re a wonderful couple and they’ve done a lot for Child Safe over the years,” Green said. “Bob coming up with the idea, at the time he said ‘it’s different and unique’ and he was right. Even still, no one around here has an event like the egg hunt.”
More than 4,000 eggs will be spread on the fairgrounds and this year will feature 10 golden eggs, with prizes ranging from electronics to cash, as well as a $1,000 cash prize egg and an egg that will give the finder the chance to win a 2014 Dodge Charger from Bryant Motors. Participants will also be able to take part in 50/50 drawings, receive door prizes and play games.
“The weather is supposed to be great, it’ll be 80 degrees on Saturday the last time I checked,” Green said. “We’re hoping to see big crowds on Saturday. We have so many wonderful volunteers and staff members that put this together, hopefully everyone will come out and have a good time while raising money for a good cause.”
The 10th annual Child Safe Adult Egg Hunt will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Participants must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $35 and are available at Warehouse Tire and Muffler, Equity Bank, Bryant Motors, Dukes and Boots, EndZone, Fitters, Players and Mustang Sallz or at childsafehouse.org. Tickets may also be bought at the door. For more information call 829-3434.