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The event taking place across the city will include puzzles, riddles, clues and prizes

PMG PHOTO: COREY BUCHANAN - Elite Realty Group, located in Town Center in Wilsonville, is hosting a scavenger hunt this month.

Elite Realty Group, which is located in Town Center, is organizing a scavenger hunt this month for local businesses and families.

The event will include a scavenger hunt for children in fifth grade and younger, another for older children, and a larger hunt involving local businesses. The single-day event for children will take place at noon Saturday, Oct. 19, at the grove shelter at Murase Park. The event involving businesses and other entities will last from Oct. 19 until Halloween.

Austin Jacobsen, vice president of operations at the real estate agency, envisions the hunt as a fun challenge for the community.

"One thing that inspired it is that every year, with my girlfriend, we do Christmas shopping for kids, sponsored by my father's company. We go and spend that money as far as we can," Jacobsen said. "It's a lot of fun to give back during the holidays, and I wanted to do something through our own company for this holiday season."

The two-week event will include a map, puzzles, riddles, clues and codes participants have to decipher. Those who complete the hunt will be awarded prizes. The hunt revolves around an automated phone line participants will call to receive clues and submit answers.

"I thought it would be a great way to get high schoolers to visit the police department, places they might not normally visits and discover other businesses around town," Jacobsen said.

Jacobsen said last week that about five businesses had agreed to participate, so far.

"If we don't have as many businesses as I hoped that's OK for the first year, and next year they will be more familiar with it," he said.

Jacobsen isn't sure how many people will participate in the hunt, but said it was a trial run. And for Jacobsen, who graduated from college in 2018, organizing the event has been a learning experience.

"I have discovered talking with business involves (providing) clear expectations and details on it. They like to know who you are and what is directly being asked of them," he said.

Jacobsen also hopes the event raises awareness for Elite Realty Group.

"The biggest hope is it will bring awareness and show how much we care about the community and show why our brokers are in real estate," he said. "We want brokers who have a family culture. Everyone is there because they want to do real estate and love the area that we work in and making the place we live and work a fun place."


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