Road rally scavenger hunt aims to raise money for trades scholarships

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Championing Futures Road Rally, a county-wide scavenger hunt set for April 26, will help graduating high school seniors who want to enter a professional trade. Over $10,000 in corporate scholarships have already been committed.

The event began with three students in a Leadership Livingston class: Laurie Humphrey, community relations coordinator at Champion Chevrolet, who first pitched the idea; Laura Hoehn, readiness coordinator for the Livingston Education Service Agency; and Carrie Bonofiglio from MiBrightFuture.

The organizers hope for 250 participants this first year with the marketing help of the school districts, chambers of commerce, manufacturers and other groups involved. If they reach their goal, they will have raised $5,000 in participation fees, in addition to the donations and sponsorships they continue to receive.

“Supporters of the Championing Futures Road Rally represent all different types of organizations, but we all have one thing in common: a desire to create a stronger base of professional trades in Livingston County,” said LESA’s Hoehn. “We have a real need in this county for people who can fix, fabricate and build things. Groups have talked about this for years, but until now nobody has come forward with a plan to engage such a broad base of supporters.”

The event runs 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, beginning and ending at Champion Chevrolet of Howell, located at 5000 E. Grand River Ave., at the Lake Chemung exit off I-96.

Professional clue creators from Puzzled Escape are in charge of clues and creating the point system. There will be prizes, snacks and swag bags. The event is open to all, but drivers need to be 21 and have to sign a liability waiver.

Money raised will fund scholarships ($500 minimum) for graduating high school seniors in Livingston Count to pursue a skilled trade certification.

For more information on the Championing Futures Road Rally, call Laurie at 810-225-7178 or visit

Visit download a scholarship application.

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