Kiwanis Club to hold Sneaky Scavenger Race to benefit Local Shoes & Socks Program for Henderson County youth

Press release from the Kiwanis Club of Hendersonville: 

May 3, 2021 – The Kiwanis Club of Hendersonville invites the entire community to participate in its inaugural Sneaky Scavenger Race. This event is being held in conjunction with National Scavenger Hunt Day on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Berkeley Mills Park in Hendersonville. Proceeds from the event will benefit the club’s Shoes and Socks program for Henderson County youth.

Participants will engage in eight outdoor activities that are designed to be interactive and fun, while challenging both the body and mind, much like traditional ‘field day’ activities. Registration is open to teams of four children ages 5 and up and adults. Each team will be assigned a start time to allow for safe interaction and social distancing throughout the event. Teams will have one hour to complete all activities. Snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the event, and an awards ceremony with ice cream will take place at 2 p.m.

Event registration is $35 per team and can be found here:

The event is the first for the Kiwanis Club of Hendersonville after a decision was made to pivot from holding its traditional Bunny Hop 5K in March out of an abundance of caution around COVID-19 and scheduling conflicts with Easter and Spring Break.

Like the Bunny Hop, all proceeds from the Sneaky Scavenger Race support the Shoes & Socks program, a Kiwanis managed program that provides shoes and socks to underprivileged students identified by their teachers in the Henderson County school system. The program has provided more than 5,600 pairs of shoes since its inception in 1955.

“Our decision to dedicate the net proceeds to the Kiwanis Shoes & Socks program took on greater significance with the unexpected death of John Grear, who served as its director for 20 years. We want to honor his legacy by providing shoes to as many underprivileged children in Henderson County as possible. The support from our community members is an important element to this event and we are grateful for their involvement, particularly during a pandemic year,” said Erika McGilley, former President of the Hendersonville Kiwanis Club.

The Kiwanis Club is grateful to Presenting Sponsor Hunter Subaru for their support of the event and to C. Edwards Group, Champion Credit Union, Warren Restoration, United Community Bank, Worthy Management, YMCA of Hendersonville, The Super Sign Guy and NCIFund for their additional corporate support.

Kiwanis is a worldwide service organization for individuals desiring personal involvement in the leadership and improvement of their communities. Our motto is “Serving the Children of the World.” Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service and community-minded individuals. There are more than 600,000 Kiwanis-family members in 96 countries who make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. The 100-member Hendersonville club is celebrating its 100th year in 2021. For more information, please visit and follow us on Facebook @HendersonvilleKiwanis.

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