Racers raise cash for the Clova

More than 150 people turned out for Sunday’s scavenger race through downtown Cloverdale, hosted by the Clova Cinema.

Organizer Samantha LeDrew with actor Lochlyn Munro at the Amazing Race: Cloverdale Road to Digital fundraiser.

More than 150 people turned out for Sunday’s scavenger race through downtown Cloverdale, hosted by the Clova Cinema.

Teams sped around down picking up clues to their next stop from participating businesses in the first-ever Amazing Race: Cloverdale.

The Yankees were first, completing the race in record time, with the team from Sweet n’ Chic in second place.

The event raised more than $1,000.

“So thankful that it was a huge success,” read a message on The Clova’s Facebook Page. “Thanks to all the volunteers and racers. As well as all the employees at all the businesses who participated.”

There was even a celebrity or two: B.C.’s own Lochlyn Munro, a film and TV actor, plus greeter emeritus Doris Burghardt, who co-owns the family-run Clova, and her dog, Cupcake, who both welcomed patrons piling  inside for the double-bill matinee screening of Monsters University and Turbo.

The Sept. 1 race was the latest in the single screen’s efforts to raise cash for switch to a digital projection system.

The movie studios are increasingly moving to digital-only releases, forcing the Clova to consider an expensive upgrade or dim the projector for good.

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