Thursday, April 8, 2021

‘Shamrock’ hunt proves successful

Members of the Noon Rotary Club in Plymouth demonstrated their commitment to the well being of the community recently with a donation of up to $10,000 to help local businesses survive during the ongoing pandemic.

The club, in partnership with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), sponsored the successful Shamrock on the Shelf scavenger hunt through downtown Plymouth last month. The Rotary club bought $25 gift cards from participating businesses that posted the colorful Shamrocks for the scavenger hunt.  With more than 350 participants, the result was the purchase of $300 in gift cards purchased directly from 30 participating businesses that were given away.

“The Rotary Club of Plymouth sponsored the scavenger hunt to support local businesses that have supported our club and efforts for decades,” said John Buzuvis, club president.  “Much like our club, the local businesses are woven into the fabric of the community and our support of them is critical during this unprecedented time.  

“The scavenger hunt was an opportunity to provide a free, family friendly activity in our own community, raise awareness about Rotary and support our local businesses by directly purchasing gift cards from them,” he said.

As the pandemic has caused a year of financial instability for most business owners, Plymouth Downtown Development Authority chairperson and the owner of her own downtown Plymouth business, Agio Spa di Reposo, Kerri Pollard said the Shamrock on the Shelf scavenger hunt not only put money into the pockets of those fighting to stay in business, participants are noticing businesses they haven't visited before.

“I am so appreciative of the Rotary Club's generous donation to downtown Plymouth businesses, as both a business owner and DDA board member,” said Pollard.  “It has been a difficult year for all of us and to have happy, excited people coming into our spa looking for shamrocks and engaged in finding out what DTP (Downtown Plymouth) has to offer is great.  We had old friends and lots of new potential guests of all ages find us over the past week.”

The event continued through March 28.