The biggest fundraiser for the Kinship of the Park Rapids Area mentoring program needs the community's help.
So far, six teams are registered for the eighth annual Amazing Chase that will be held Saturday, June 15.
The event features teams of four to six people competing for cash in 10 timed challenges that involve physical, mental and teamwork skills, including a water sport challenge in Fish Hook Lake in Heartland Park. All proceeds go to support local youth mentoring.
"We hope to get between 10 and 15 teams to participate," said Kinship Executive Director Rosy Hjermstad.
Teams that register by Monday, June 11 will be able to be included in the order for event T-shirts.
For the first time in the event's history, one of the teams is made up of three Kinship mentors and three mentees. That team is sponsored by an anonymous donor.
"These are the newest matches in the program," Hjermstad said. "We have three 9-year-olds coming with their mentors, and they are excited to participate," she said.
There are 11 businesses around the community hosting the various challenges.
Registration for the Amazing Chase begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Heartland Park pavilion in Park Rapids. Competitors should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Water and snacks will be available at the park pavilion before the event.
The race begins at 2 p.m., when teams head out to the various challenges around town, meeting back at the pavilion by 4 p.m. to compete in the final event.
"It will be a series of short mini-challenges," Hjermstad said. "At the end, we add the times of all the teams for all their challenges, plus the final event, to come up with the $500 grand prize winner. There are also a $300 prize and two $100 prizes."
The event concludes at 6 p.m.
Kinship has matched mentors with youth for 27 years. Go to www.kinshipparkrapids.org, for more information about becoming a mentor. A background check is required.
"Currently we have 11 kids, ranging in age from 9 to 13, waiting for a mentor - six boys and five girls," Hjermstad said.
The mentorship application can be downloaded from the Kinship website and mailed or dropped off at their office in the lower level of Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.
Summer is also a good time to sign up for the Reading Buddies program that helps students in Nevis and Park Rapids schools. Last year, there were 45 participants.
"The more the merrier," Hjermstad said, noting that some people retire from the program each year and new volunteers are needed to take their place. A background check is also required to volunteer in this program.
Kinship is also sending four mentees to camp this summer at Northern Pines with help from empowerment points the youth earn volunteering at fundraisers.
Funding for Kinship comes from a combination of donations, fundraisers, grants and contracts with townships and Hubbard County.