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People Searching Park for Free Money During Texas Partners Giveaway
Monday, August 1, 2016 6:50 AM

Texas Partners Federal Credit Union hid 13 cash vouchers before 8 a.m. at Whistle Stop Park in Temple and then sent out tweets and Facebook posts with clues to where the loot could be found.

A dozen vouchers good for $25 to $50 were put inside camouflage stockings that blended well into the park surroundings, and those vouchers were cleverly put in their hiding places by Britni Rachal, marketing manager for Texas Partners Federal Credit Union.

One voucher for $500 also was hidden. The stipulation for that voucher was that it must be given to a nonprofit group or cause, Rachal said.

The first person to figure out the online clues and arrive was Debbie Smith of Belton. Smith said she went to Heritage Park first before seeing the clues and figuring out the location. Smith, with a big smile on her face, found a voucher good for $25 after carefully hunting through the many nooks and crannies on the playground and outside of it, too.

Three City of Temple employees found vouchers, including Roy Kothmann of Harker Heights. Kothmann takes care of the Temple parks, he said.

Nathaniel Fasolino, 18, will be a freshman this year at Texas A&M and is putting his $25 in savings for college expenses, he said. Fasolino will major in aerospace engineering. Fasolino said his brother is a pilot and he has loved planes since he first flew with him. That, coupled with his childhood love of Legos and robots, led him toward his major.

The big find of the day, however, was when Yul Harmon located the $500 cash voucher that must be given to a nonprofit organization or cause. Harmon doesn’t get to keep any of the money, but that didn’t seem to bother him.

“I’m not sure where I’ll donate it yet. But this feels great,” he said, adding that he will probably donate the money to a nonprofit children’s basketball group or a church.

The purpose of the giveaway was partially to provide a good example of how to be charitable within a community, said Shannon Gowan, City of Temple spokeswoman.