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Troy egg scramble for disease research

Second-year event raises bundle for Chron’s, leukemia

Saturday, April 6, 2013
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RPI student, Erin McAllister, sorts through her egg prizes after the Adult Easter Egg Hunt in Prospect Park in Troy on Saturday, April 6th.
Photographer: Kayla Galway
RPI student, Erin McAllister, sorts through her egg prizes after the Adult Easter Egg Hunt in Prospect Park in Troy on Saturday, April 6th.

— Hunting for Easter eggs can inspire a lot of second guessing.

“I think we zigged when we should have zagged,” said Connie Crudo of Clifton Park, who was lamenting the dearth of plastic eggs gathered in her drawstring bag.

Despite a smaller than desired haul, she said optimistically, “Next year.”

Crudo was one of a few hundred adults gathered on Saturday afternoon in Troy’s Prospect Park for the second annual “Grown Up Easter Egg Hunt,” a charity event organized by Danielle Sanzone to raise money this year for the Chron’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

Sanzone created the event last year to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year’s cause is closer to home, as it’s in recognition of her father, who was diagnosed with Chron’s, a disease of the intestine that required him to have surgery.

A week before Easter last year, she came up with the idea of an Easter egg hunt for adults. The adult aspect would be vouchers for beer, wine and miniature travel bottles of liquor. Two weeks later, Sanzone had assembled about 75 people, hid about 700 eggs and raised $700. Each person searching for eggs ponied up $12.

This year’s event more than doubled in size and eggs, with 3,000 eggs hidden throughout an acre and a half in the park.

“I had an army of volunteers come this morning,” she said of the preparation on Saturday. “It took an hour and a half for 15 people to put all the eggs out.”

Hundreds of eggs included vouchers for alcohol, which could be redeemed during the after party nearby at Minissale’s Restaurant. Hundreds of eggs also included items and gift certificates provided by local businesses from Northern Albany County, Southern Saratoga County and Rensselaer County. The rest of the eggs included candy, chocolate and other surprises.

Before the event, Crudo was hoping for big prizes, but would settle for chocolate. “I need a snack,” she said.

The group of people all gathered by a gazebo on the property, shortly before 4 p.m. to begin the hunt. Peering around for eggs, they stood with plastic bags, gym bags, decorative Easter baskets and cloth bags to collect the eggs.

After Sanzone, who had put on an Easter Bunny suit, announced they had raised $1,400 just from sponsors, the emcee led a countdown and the hunt was on. The crowd sprinted away, some going up a nearby hill and the rest spreading out to the level field.

Eggs were on the ground, in trees, on a grille and even secured on the underside of benches. Within a few minutes, almost all the eggs had been grabbed, with most hunters grabbing at least five.

Sanzone was really pleased with the outing, which she hopes to continue.

“I kind of want to make it a rotating thing,” she said of the target charities. In addition to raising money for Chron’s this year, 10 percent of the money will also go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Sponsors for the event include Behan Communications, BlueShield of Northeastern NY, Mohawk Fine Paper and Yankee Trails World Travel. Local businesses that contributed items and gift certificates include Market Block Books and Romanation Jewelers.

 
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