Teen leaders plan Hunt 4 Hope to fund childhood disease research

Hunting is helping this Saturday, as OMRF holds the first Hunt 4 Hope event.

Kids ages 3-12 can hunt for eggs at the Lake Hefner Children’s Playground and help fund OMRF researchers who are hunting for life-saving medical advances in the lab. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 5. The cost is $5 per child and participants will receive a wristband that allows them to hunt for eggs filled with candy, trinkets and even special prizes.

Hunt 4 Hope is the final project for OMRF’s Teen Leaders in Philanthropy, a group of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are interested in learning how to give back to their community, said OMRF Director of Development Kelley McGuire.

“It’s a real grassroots effort,” she said. “We wanted them to build this fundraiser from the ground up. They came up with the concept themselves and they’re doing the planning. We’re lucky to have such an amazing group of students.”

The egg hunts are split into two age groups. Kids ages 3-7 will hunt at 11:30 a.m. and 8-12 year olds will hunt at noon. There will be free face painting and balloon animals, as well. All proceeds from the event will pay for research into childhood illnesses at OMRF.

Those who can’t attend the Hunt 4 Hope event can still support research with the purchase of a T-shirt at www.Booster.com/huntforhope

More information about the Hunt 4 Hope event can be found at: http://www.omrf.org/hunt4hope