Looking for rocks in Benson

Event leading up to April fundraiser

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If you’re in Benson, keep your eyes wide open ... you may just find a colorfully painted rock nestled away in a hiding place.

The mineral fragments are the hidden treasure which is part of a Facebook Scavenger Hunt currently being conducted by the Benson Center for Active Aging (BCAA).

Program Coordinator Debra Cardone said she has hidden more than 60 painted rocks and has about 20 more to put out. They have been placed throughout the Benson community. Some have been put in stores and some randomly hidden in trees and along the side of the road.

As they are spotted, look for “#BCAAROCKS” somewhere on the rock, take a picture of yourself holding it and share it to the BCAA Facebook page. You are asked to then leave the rock where you found it for someone else to find.

For every rock you find and post, you get an entry into a drawing for a $50 gift card.

The Facebook Scavenger Hunt is a practice event leading up to the big BCAA Scavenger Hunt, an annual fundraiser for the center, to be held April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. The drawing for the gift card will take place on this day.

“You do not have to be present at the drawing to win the Facebook Scavenger Hunt,” said Ms. Cardone, “but we hope you will have had so much fun hunting, you will want to join the BCAA Scavenger Hunt 2019.”

Attendees of the Benson Center along with volunteers, including some Campbell University students, have been painting the rocks for about a year.

Ms. Cardone refers to them as kindness rocks. “If somebody found them, maybe it will make them smile.”

She said she hopes as the weather begins to get warmer, people will get out moving and can have some fun looking for the rocks.

“As everyone is out walking, let’s do something fun with it,” she said.

Although she has only hidden the rocks around Benson, Ms. Cardone said she received a call last week from someone who found one of the rocks in a park in Wilmington. She has no idea how the painted fragment got there. “I guess someone took it for a little journey,” she said.

The rock hunt started March 1 and will continue up until the big hunt on April 27.

The April 27 event is open to all ages.

“I like to do intergenerational things so that grandparents can do it with their grandkids,” Ms. Cardone said.

Families and teams are encouraged to participate, there is no count limit as far as the number of team members. The registration fee is $20 in advance per team to play. It will be $25 per team for registration on the day of the event.

The fun will begin at 1 p.m. at Benson’s Singing Grove and will end at 4 p.m. Check-in time is noon.

The first-place winner will get $150, second will get $100 and third $75.

For more information, contact Ms. Cardone at 919-701-1477.

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