Car rally, scavenger hunt to benefit Justin’s Beach House

Drivers, start your engines. Co-pilots, grab your binoculars. The seventh annual Poker, Scrabble & Fun Car Rallye will benefit Justin’s Beach House on Saturday, April 13, starting at Hooked Up Ale House & Raw Bar in Millville.

“There are several different types of rally,” said Bob Lueckel. “There are time, speed and distance rallies. There are fun or ‘gimmick’ rallies, which this one is. This is not a speed event.”

Instead, participants are given a set of questions and detailed driving directions. They’ll drive a very specific route and answer 10 questions using their observations along the way. The scavenger hunt is based on specific observations, not just everyday knowledge, so a Delaware visitor could be just as competitive as a local.

Also, at each of two checkpoints, teams will draw several Scrabble tiles and poker cards.

Back at home base, teams will submit their questionnaire and draw their final game pieces.

“We ask them to make the best five-card poker hand and also the highest-scoring Scrabble word that they can out of the seven letters they picked along the route,” Lueckel said.

Prizes will be awarded to the top six scoring teams. Gift certificates were donated by local businesses.

Guests can also attend the Hooked Up dine-and-donate from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., from which a portion of sales will be donated to Justin’s Beach House. Cash donations are also welcome.

With beautiful spring weather possible for the event, drivers can enjoy touring 30 miles of back roads.

“A lot of these people have never seen the ocean. It’s really neat to have a family that’s been through a lot of trauma … and they can relax for a week at the beach, and there’s no expense for the house,” Lueckel said. “The families are very, very appreciative. … It’s a great community effort to make sure these people have an enjoyable, relaxing week down here. So it’s nice to being part of being provide that.”

Bob and Nancy Lueckel created the Rallye, having enjoyed car rallies in their Corvette club.

“Our families have been affected by a loved one that had cancer, as most families out there have. When we first moved down here, she got involved with the greeting of the families as they come … to the house,” Lueckel said. “It was her idea. ‘How can we do something to support the good works that go on there?’”

Other organizers include Barb and Steve Melofchik, Marsha Urbany, and Pauline and Bob Schuman.

Registration will take place between 10 and 11 a.m. on Saturday, with a drivers’ meeting at 11 a.m. and the first car departing at 11:15 a.m., rain or shine. The cost is $30 per car.

Cars must have a driver and a navigator (no more than two adults per vehicle in order to be eligible for prizes, although children are welcome). Drivers must safely follow all traffic laws. For more information, call Bob L. at (443) 299-9125 or Bob S. at (845) 656-5438.


By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter