HoundsHouse Orlando Treasure Hunt Benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank Gives You The Chance to Win $3,000

HoundsHouse Orlando
Bess Auer

HoundsHouse Orlando is a new limited-time local treasure hunt that benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida while giving participants the chance to win $3,000.

The project is the brainchild of Orlando author and artist Bess Auer, who says Houndshouse Orlando is an armchair treasure hunt that is a fusion of Harry Potter meets Pokémon GO but set in the Orlando area.

Participants purchase and download a book, decode the clues, go to secret locations, and maybe be the first to find the grand prize of $3,000, all while doing good!

“Years ago, when I was still teaching, my students and I read a book with clues to a real-life hidden treasure. I was hooked and wanted to do something like that here in Orlando,” says Auer, a native Floridian. “But, I wanted to do more than just give away a prize; I wanted to build community by spotlighting some of my favorite local places and raise money for a worthy organization, Second Harvest Food Bank.”

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Start the Hunt

To get started, participants purchase the book “HoundsHouse Orlando” at Amazon (affiliate link). Kindle, print, and audio versions are available. The book costs between $9.99 and $14.99 depending on the format.

$2 of every purchase goes directly to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to help provide nutritious meals for the 1 in 8 Central Floridians facing hunger.

The book itself is an action-adventure fantasy full of mythical animals, along with familiar locales such as Orlando Speed World, Skycraft Parts & Surplus, and the Maitland Art Center.

At the end of the story, readers are invited to participate in a real-life treasure hunt using the text in the book to decode ten local places. At each of those locations, hunters unlock rewards and discounts for that specific retail shop or restaurant, as well as a clue toward the location of the grand prize of $3,000.

The hunt is active until somebody finds the grand prize or until midnight on June 30th, 2024, whichever comes first. Auer says there is a virtual version for those who live out of the area or have limited mobility, but the grand prize must be claimed in person by somebody at least 18 years old.

If the grand prize location is not found by midnight on June 30, 2024, then the entire $3,000 will go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, which does so much good in our community.

“This isn’t a treasure hunt that will be solved in a day,” Auer adds. “It will take a bit of cleverness and research on the hunter’s part. I expect some people will work in groups, and it will make a fun family or classroom activity.”

She will also be giving new clues and helpful hints on her Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok social media platforms, where you can also follow along on her adventures with turning her swimming pool into a koi pond.

For more information, visit HoundsHouseOrlando.com.

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Bess Auer is an artist, author, and digital marketer who founded the Florida Blogger & Social Media Conference in 2010 (where we first met) and, in 2014, was named “Best Business Person to Follow on Twitter” by the Orlando Business Journal.

Since then, Bess has worked to combine her digital marketing know-how with her passion for art in creative ways to help benefit the community she grew up in. To learn more about Bess, visit BessAuer.com

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