Generous Festival Supporter Donates Back His Winning Check to the Rose Festival
Neal Dietz of Oak Grove, Oregon, read Clue #10 this morning, then located the Medallion in East Delta Park, inside some yellow tubing. Neal grew up in Southeast Portland, where he went to school with 1978 Rose Festival Queen Tina Klassy. Neal considers himself a big festival fan.
When Neal spoke to Rose Festival Treasure Hunt ‘Game Master’ Rich Jarvis, he immediately said, “I don’t need the money, Rich. But I know things are hard for you there at the festival, with furloughs and cutbacks. I’d like to donate the money back to you.” For Neal, it’s all about the fun and challenge, stretching his mind and sharing the experience with friends and family. And — of course — the Medallion! Neal appears to be starting a collection, adding a second one to his original win back in 2017. Neal hunts with a group that includes his wife Eileen and friends Sue and Melanie. The camaraderie is a big part of the appeal.