• Mary Harrison

Ochlockonee River Water Trail hosts Escape Room Fundrasier


Teams race against the clock and each other to find the “key” which will end the game and let them “Escape from Zombie Park.”

Ochlockonee River Water Trail, Inc. (ORWT) held an “Escape Room” fundraiser last Thursday, January 16, at the Cairo Women’s Club. ORWT collaborated with the Golden Triangle Resource Conservation and Development council of southwest Georgia for this event, a major source of funding for ORWT’s upcoming environmental conservation and community development projects in 2020.


The fundraiser, which lasted from 6–8 p.m., included dinner, a silent auction, and the escape room “Escape from Zombie Park.” In the game, tablemates became teammates and raced against the clock to solve puzzles and riddles, with the goal of being the first within one hour to find a “key,” which would let them escape from the house of a mad scientist and his wife. With just a few minutes left, one of the teams found the key inside a replica of a Victorian clock.


The event raised a total of $4,743.00 in tickets and silent auction purchases. ORWT founder and current president Margaret Tyson thanked all sponsors and donors for their support: “It was a success because of them,” she said.


Golden Triangle RC&D Council of Southwest Georgia partners with ORWT on many projects, including Thursday’s escape room, to make them possible. l-r: Rhonda Gordon, Golden Triangle executive director; Margaret Tyson, ORWT founder and president; Julie Shutters, Golden Triangle implementation manager; and James Andrews, Golden Triangle program assistant.

Tyson also specifically thanked the Tired Creek Lake Authority, the City of Cairo, and the Board of Commissioners for Grady County. “All of them came and supported this event,” Tyson remarked.


Dinner was donated by Walmart, Delicious Delights, Mango Smile, IGA of Cairo, Sun Stop Market, and Lannis Thornton, Jr. Silent auction items were given by Center Drugs, Mr. Chick, Cairo Eye Care, Golden Triangle RC&D, I Can of Cairo, Care 360, Head 2 Toe, Brownworks, Tired Creek Iron Works, Redden’s Rustics, and Big Adventure Outfitters.


The money from the escape room, which Tyson says she hopes will become an annual event, will go to expand ORWT’s work in Grady County with a walking trail around Cairo, a paddle trail for Tired Creek Lake, and mile markers on the Ochlockonee River.


According to Tyson, Ochlockonee River Water Trail, Inc. is a registered non-profit organization that was founded in 2017. It has since been involved in the community by hosting paddle trips down the Ochlockonee River, partnering with Keep Grady County Beautiful and Golden Triangle RC&D for clean-ups, and building a kiosk at Hadley Ferry Landing with Cairo High School FFA.


Check out the following slideshow of pictures from the event!



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