Charity scavenger hunt to help prevent tragedy

By Jackie Nevarez

Friends and family of Seth Bartosik will honor him with the inaugural Sethtastic Scavenger Hunt Aug. 8-10.

Bartosik, 20, of Cortland, died June 26. A graduate of DeKalb High School, hockey player and aspiring culinary student, he always went against the grain and pushed others to think outside the box, said Laura Bartosik, Seth Bartosik’s mother. The scavenger hunt is dedicated to raising suicide awareness.

“Seth had no fear of just not being typical and wanting to make sure that everyone was really fair, and he just didn’t think anyone should be enemies …,” Laura said.

The scavenger hunt will begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 8 in DeKalb and expand from Genoa to Geneva and possibly down to Hinckley, Laura said.

The idea for a scavenger hunt began as a suggestion by Kyle Segura, a friend of Seth Bartosik, and was picked up by Laura and Brett Bartosik, Seth Bartosik’s father, who wanted to be involved.

Nicolenne Tross, Seth Bartosik’s girlfriend, and her mother, Christie Iversen, have been active in finding prizes for participants and raising donations, Laura Bartosik said.

Participants must be 18 or older and form teams of three or four in order to take on the activities involved, which include taking pictures and videos of the activities performed. The activities involve collaboration between teams in order to earn points and complete the hunt.

There is a $10 registration fee, which may be completed at the event’s Go Fund Me site,, where donations may also be made.

In order to find out the exact location of the scavenger hunt, participants must follow the Facebook page “Sethtastic scavenger hunt,” which posts clues and updates information on the event.

The event will conclude 3 p.m. Aug. 10, when points will be tallied and participating teams will decide what scholarship to donate to.

“Part of [the money raised] will go to … the hockey expenses or culinary education expenses for someone in need,” Laura said. “Seth played hockey, and that’s why we’re doing that … . [Seth] also was planning to go to culinary school at [Elgin Community College] this fall.”

The family will match the funds raised through registration fees and will donate the proceeds to Suicide Prevention Services in Batavia.

Laura and Brett Bartosik are working on the documentation necessary to make a foundation in honor of their son and will make the Sethtastic Scavenger Hunt an annual event.