Swanky Search Party

Charitable Dallasites chase clues for fun at Great Adventure Hunt

Charitable Dallasites chase clues for fun at Great Adventure Hunt

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Mr. Green, Professor Plum, Ms. Peacock, Ms. Scarlet, Ms. White, Col. Mustard Photo courtesy of ChildCareGroup
Aimée Fisher, Alliance Data, Kellie Rasberry, the great create
Aimée Fisher, Kellie Rasberry, Cara Spradling Photo courtesy of ChildCareGroup
Daryl Johnston, Emmitt Smith, the great create
Emmitt Smith, Daryl Johnston  Photo courtesy of ChildCareGroup
Brad and Erin Struck, Sharon Morrison, Emmitt Smith, Ronelle and Pete Lanace, the great adventure hunt
Brad Struck, Erin Struck, Sharon Morrison, Emmitt Smith, Ronelle Lanace, Pete Lanace Photo courtesy of ChildCareGroup
Kellie Rasberry, the great adventure hunt
Kellie Rasberry Photo courtesy of ChildCareGroup Courtesy of Kellie Rasberry, the great adventure hunt
Daryl and Diane Johnston, Kellie Rasberry, Amanda and Byron Neuhoff, 2014 Co-Chairs, Kemp Sawers, 2014 Co-Chair. Front: Kit Sawers, 2014 Co-Chair, Tori Mannes, the great adventure hunt
Daryl Johnson, Diane Johnston, Kellie Rasberry, Amanda Neuhoff, Byron Neuhoff, Kemp Sawers, Kit Sawers, Tori Mannes Photo courtesy of ChildCareGroup
Daryl Johnson, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, the great adventure hunt
Daryl Johnson, Mayor Mike Rawlings  Photo courtesy of ChildCareGroup
Kelly and Brigette Vinton, Teri and Greg DeWitt, Cara Spradling, Chris Sides, Aimée Fishe, the great adventure hunt
Kelly Vinton, Brigette Vinton, Teri DeWitt, Greg DeWitt, Cara Spradling, Chris Sides, Aimée Fisher Photo courtesy of ChildCareGroup
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Aimée Fisher, Alliance Data, Kellie Rasberry, the great create
Daryl Johnston, Emmitt Smith, the great create
Brad and Erin Struck, Sharon Morrison, Emmitt Smith, Ronelle and Pete Lanace, the great adventure hunt
Kellie Rasberry, the great adventure hunt
Daryl and Diane Johnston, Kellie Rasberry, Amanda and Byron Neuhoff, 2014 Co-Chairs, Kemp Sawers, 2014 Co-Chair. Front: Kit Sawers, 2014 Co-Chair, Tori Mannes, the great adventure hunt
Daryl Johnson, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, the great adventure hunt
Kelly and Brigette Vinton, Teri and Greg DeWitt, Cara Spradling, Chris Sides, Aimée Fishe, the great adventure hunt

Nearly 250 participants showed up to The Joule for the Great Adventure Hunt benefiting ChildCareGroup. They said to heck with a traditional gala, opting instead for a little friendly competition to raise money for a great cause.

This year's co-chairs — Diane and Daryl Johnston, Amanda and Byron Neuhoff, and Kit and Kemp Sawers — tapped Kellie Rasberry, co-host of the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning show, to serve as emcee. Rasberry even joined in the fun by hunting with friends, as other teams of six went head-to-head solving puzzles and clues in an attempt to emerge victorious.

This year’s puzzle master was Tom Shroder, an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and former editor of the Washington Post Magazine. Along with humorists Dave Barry and Gene Weingarten, Shroder is also known for the creation of the Herald Hunt in Miami and the Post Hunt in Washington, attended by thousands each year.

So now for the good stuff. Who won? The 2014 overall champion was the Baker Botts LLP team, led by Bart and Elizabeth Showalter. The JPMorgan team, led by Dotti Reeder, won the “Whodunnit!” end clue, which solved the murder mystery of the clue-themed evening. Teams also won fun prizes for Best Team Name and Last Place.

Hunters — including Mayor Mike Rawlings, Erin and Brad Struck, Sharon Morrison, Emmitt Smith, and Ronelle and Pete Lanace — celebrated their victory or lamented their defeat at the first-ever after-party hosted by The Joule in the hotel’s all-glass terrace room overlooking downtown.

The 2014 Great Adventure Hunt raised more than $200,000, and the raffle and live auction sales raised more than $25,000, to support ChildCareGroup’s early childhood education programs.