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Treasure hunt fundraiser set for Sunday morning

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Submitted to the Optic

A “video treasure hunt” fundraiser for the nursing scholarship fund at Luna Community College has drawn some big-time support.

Organizer Jim Terr (brother of late nurse Dana Konno, in whose memory the fundraiser is being held), originally set it up so that treasure hunt participants would make a donation on-line (or at Wells Fargo Bank branches) to qualify, and receive a link to the video with clues, on YouTube, the morning of the event. Terr has over one million views on his various videos on YouTube, which is where the clue video will be posted on Sunday morning.

The video with clues will showcase Las Vegas’ notable history and architecture, as well as giving clues to the approximately 20 prize token locations around town.

In an effort to simplify the procedure, he sought a donor to the scholarship fund and make the fund open to all participants. According to Terr, the first person he asked, an internet pioneer (who wishes to remain anonymous), who judged the scheme “a good hack” (good use of the internet), donated the $2,000 which Terr judged to justify the over $3,000 in prize donations (gift and restaurant certificates, art work, etc.), received so far.

In addition, such nationally known figures and authors as George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones), Diana Gabaldon (Outlander series), Kinky Friedman, Scott Simon (NPR), James Fallows, Douglas Preston, Valerie Plame, Joseph Wilson, Thom Hartmann, Philip Proctor (Firesign Theater), Kirk Ellis (HBO “John Adams” series) and others have donated signed books and merchandise as prizes (“treasures”) for the event.

As have artists from around the state and country, in addition to artists from Las Vegas.