Hunt The Harbor

Aberdeen, WASH. ­– On Saturday, May 14 more than 100 Harborites met at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Hoquiam to kick off the Inaugural Hunt the Harbor. The event was organized by the 2011 class of Leadership Grays Harbor as part of its community outreach project and was modeled after the popular TV show, The Amazing Race.


Twenty-two teams of up to five members participated in the event, taking them throughout the Harbor to “secret” locations they had to decipher based on clues given to them at the start of the contest. Once at each of the ten locations, the teams then had the opportunity to gain points by participating in trivia contests about Harbor history and fun activities, such as sack races or tying string around the statue at Aberdeen High School…without using your hands. The event was followed by a spaghetti feed and raffle auction which included a gluten-free spaghetti option sponsored by the Gluten Intolerance Group.


“We were fairly ambitious with our community project,” explained Erin Frasier, one of the event’s lead organizers and the Assistant Director of WorkFirst at Grays Harbor College. “We wanted to hold an event that would not only reengage Harborites with their community, but also raise funds for some important local charities.”


In addition to the participants, many local businesses stepped up to sponsor the event or provide “in-kind” donations.

“We are privileged to live in an incredibly generous community,” added Tara Ramos, another key organizer for the Hunt the Harbor and Records Coordinator at the Grays Harbor PUD. “More than 40 local businesses gave of their time, money and/or in-kind donations to make this event a success.”

Sponsoring businesses included:

Aberdeen High School

Allison Fagerstedt, Scentsy Consultant

Anchor Bank

Burger King

Casa Mia

City of Aberdeen Parks and Recreation

City of Cosmopolis

Clyde & Sylvia’s Frames & Things

Cosmo Specialty Fiber

D4 Sports

Dairy Queen

Dennis Company

Erin Fraiser, Sensaria Consultant


Gluten Intolerance Group of Grays Harbor

Grays Harbor Radio

Great Northwest Federal Credit Union

High Impact Dance Studio

Hoquiam Castle

Hoquiam Public Market

Jan Jones, Mary Kay Consultant

Jay’s Farm Stand

Koffee Kat

Lake Quinault Lodge

Mary’s River Lumber


Ocean Companies

Pizza Hut

Popcorn Factory

Port of Grays Harbor

Rain Forest Resort



The Daily World

The Grocery Outlet

Top Foods

Twin Star Credit Union

Westport Winery


Yarn Store



“We also want to give a special thanks to Immanuel Baptist Church for donating their facility to host the event.” Ramos added.

In total, Hunt the Harbor raised more than $5,000 for local charities.


$998 donated to the winning team’s charity, Harbor After School (team RA)
$682 donated to the second place team’s charity, Children’s Advocacy Center (team The League of Lady Lawyers)
$332 donated to third place team’s charity, Harbor Home Health and Hospice ( team The MUTTS)
$162 donated to last place team’s charity, Rebuilding Together (team Berserkers)


In addition, more than $2,000 was raised for the United Way at the spaghetti feed and raffle/auction and more than 2,000 non-perishable food items were donated to Coastal Harvest as part of the event’s scavenger hunt. Nearly $300 was raised separately at each site by the charities who volunteered to facilitate the sites (and bribe participants to donate for extra hints or chances to “re-try” the challenge).


The 2011 class of Leadership Grays Harbor is the 18th graduating class of what has become a signature program developed by the Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce. The class takes place between September and June and is designed to teach both current and future community leaders important leadership and management skills that they can then apply to Grays Harbor to make it a better place to live and work. In addition to a series of workshops and a history project the class does on Grays Harbor, the community outreach project marks the culmination of skills learned and is designed to encourage participants to continue using their leadership skills in the community for years to come.


“This year’s graduating Leadership Grays Harbor Class did an outstanding job,” added LeRoy Tipton, Chamber president and a key engineer behind the development of the Leadership Grays Harbor program. “They made history and I believe they’ve created an event for the future.”



About Hunt the Harbor

Hunt the Harbor is a fun event that aims to connect Harborites with their own backyard while at the same time raising money for some great local charities. Modeled in part after the popular TV realty show, “The Amazing Race,” Hunt the Harbor pits teams of five or less against each other on a scavenger hunt throughout Grays Harbor. More information online at