For over 40 years the children of Mountlake Terrace have experienced the joy of hunting for Easter eggs. Throughout the years, different people and organizations have taken the lead in organizing the event. There was no event in 2009 and the previous few years saw a small number of people out for the hunt.
Things weren’t looking good for 2010 either, until Seaun Richards from the Red Onion decided to take charge. Richards started organizing the event through Facebook and then reached out to the business community. In a number of weeks he was able to round up over 7,000 eggs stuffed with candy and hundreds of dollars worth of prizes.
The Easter Egg Hunt took place on Saturday and everyone I’ve talked to has said it was one of the best MLT easter egg hunts ever. It appeared as if well over 1,000 parents and children came out to Evergreen playfield. The weather reports weren’t looking great on Thursday and Friday but the wind and rain took a break Saturday morning and the event went off without a hitch. See some photos below.
The list of people and businesses who pulled together to make this event a success is long, but these are the people and businesses that make our community what it is. Mayor Jerry Smith donated the grand prize, which was a $100 gift card to Toys R Us. Mountlake Terrace senior, Nick Terry, dressed up as the Easter bunny so that hundreds of kids could get their picture taken. Dozens of volunteers helped pass out flyers to area businesses and set up for the event, many more people donated easter eggs and candy. The MLT seniors stuffed around 5,000 of the eggs. The following businesses contributed by donating prizes, gift cards or other services: DD Meats, Big E Ales, Creekside Church, Seattle Tae Kwon Do, Roger’s Market Place, Bethesda Lutheran Church, Home Street Bank, Cedar Plaza True Value Hardware, Sorelli Pizza, Cascade Elite Gymnastics, Crazy Moose Casino, Waldron Chiropractic and Kirk Geiger of State Farm Insurance.
I applaud the MLT community for stepping up to the plate. I’s all about reaching out and getting involved. Thank you MLT.
Seaun Richards The Red Onion
Here’s a short video of the mad rush for the Easter eggs: