If you ran yesterday’s Oakley New York Mini 10k, you missed something other than post-race goodies. You missed out on some hidden cash!
Hidden Cash is an anonymous social experience that started in San Francisco. The man responsible is California real estate investor Jason Buzi, 43, who gives hidden clues via Twitter. @HiddenCash then deposits white envelopes in cities across America.
Sonia Lemel and Rachel May Adams participated in yesterday’s Oakley New York Mini 10k. After winning their medals and collecting their petals, they had enough time to go on a treasure hunt.
That investment paid off big because they found a white envelope containing a $50 bill and a silver dollar valued at $23!
“We found the envelope by the pond at the foot of the bridge, hidden right behind the railing,” said Lemel.
“It was really exciting. It’s our drinking money later when we watch the World Cup games.”
Stephanie Culff was one of many on a treasure hunt yesterday for the hidden cash. She found a $50 bill and thought about doing something special for Father’s Day. In an interview with CNN she told reporters,
“Since it’s Father’s Day, I’m gonna give this to my dad and he can use it as he wishes. Happy Father’s Day.”
CNBC segment producer Mike Newberg sprinted out his house and headed to Central Park when he received the following clue,
Moments later he found the envelope that contained the $50 bill and silver dollar. There were 40 in all and Newberg detailed his experience on CNBC.
Buzi who appeared on CNN with Anderson Cooper encourages “finders” to pay the money forward. It’s a way of giving back. He described the motive during the interview.
“I’ve done well and some of my friends that are involved with it have done very well as well, and we wanted to give back.” Buzi said.
“This was like a fun way to give back to the community.”
Kurt Dee agrees with the sentiments. He was one of the lucky 40 to find an envelope yesterday and decided to “pay forward.” In an interview with CNN, he detailed his intentions,
“My family and I were really going to plan to get Father’s Day dinner today because my dad’s working tomorrow,” he said.
“So I’m telling them I’m going to pay for dinner tonight, which is awesome.”
Buzi also visited Prospect Park, but if you’re one of the unlucky hopefuls, sorry! The charitable real estate investor will take his donations to Chicago on Sunday!
Sources: CNN, CNBC, Twitter, YouTube
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