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Cash Dash a win for 2020 participants

Annual event held in partnership with Hoopfest

After a long August workday, Skylar Harrison glanced at his Instagram — and immediately re-routed his homeward commute to swing by the South Hill Trader Joe’s.

It turned out to be a $500 decision thanks to the annual Numerica Credit Union Cash Dash, part of its decade-plus partnership as a major sponsor of Hoopfest.

“When your favorite event of the year, Hoopfest, partners with your longtime credit union, Numerica, you listen,” Harrison said.

All told, 32 winners “listened” during the Aug. 17-21 Cash Dash, following hints posted by Numerica and Hoopfest on social media to find basketballs hidden throughout the greater Spokane, North Idaho, Tri-Cities, and Wenatchee Valley regions. Each basketball contained a QR code that revealed winnings between $25 and $1,500. The event provided some Hoopfest week excitement despite COVID-19 moving the marquee event to the sidelines in 2020.

“It was a lot of fun to see all the hiding spots, and even more fun to find out I had won a big one,” said Ian Phillips, who scored $500 when he recognized a posted picture and was first to retrieve a ball hidden outside Numerica’s downtown Wenatchee location. “I knew exactly where it was because I bank with Numerica and visit the Wenatchee branch all the time.” 

Tracey Donahue and her three kids followed along all week and were growing discouraged after some near misses. On the final morning of Cash Dash, their luck changed.

“I happened to check Instagram at the exact moment the latest hint showed up, and I knew it — it was just down the street from our house on the South Hill Bluffs,” Donahue said.

The family jumped in the car, rushed to the scene, and frantically looked to “match the scenery in the Instagram hint” before arriving at the right spot.

“We quickly pulled over and saw two more people heading our way with a determined look on their faces,” Donahue said. “My son, Declan, dashed down the bluff a few steps and found the ball.”

Images of community members enjoying a fun game and winning big prizes delighted the team who put on the event, led by Numerica Content and Communications Specialist Madasyn Conner.

“Seeing the impact Numerica Cash Dash had on winners was so heartwarming,” she said. “Hearing stories of those who were playing with their kids, really needed the money, or just happened to be in the area made the months of planning and implementing worth it. This was such a fun project that truly enhanced lives in our communities."

It served as the capper on a truly memorable day for Harrison, the Trader Joe’s winner, who used the $500 to “catch up due to COVID and take my son back-to-school shopping.”

“I had just accepted a new job that day, so it was great icing for me,” he said. “Hoopfest and Numerica are what make Spokane a great place to live. I will remain a member to both for life.”

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