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Lindsey Jo Hand realized her love for writing and sharing information at a very young age. Over the years, she has worked as a journalist, a technical writer, and has done some academic writing as well. Lindsey is also a professor of communications for American Military University. During her spare time, she teaches guitar and piano lessons to children, which is one of her greatest joys. She also enjoys volunteering with Hippo Associates or the Southeastern Greyhound Association, making music, exercising, painting, and doing anything outdoors. She also loves spending time with her family, friends, and her dog and two cats.

Recap: Atlanta’s First Where’s Waldo Pub Crawl And World Record Attempt

A variety of Waldos strike a quick pose before taking off to the next venue. (Photo credit: Lindsey Hand)

A variety of Waldos strike a quick pose before taking off to the next venue. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Hand)

The Where’s Waldo World Pub Crawl and Word Record Attempt held on June 15 was a fun-filled event that brought together all kinds of people in celebration of the iconic children’s book character, Waldo. While the world record of 3,872 set in Dublin, Ireland was not quite reached, Atlanta’s first attempt was still a success. Waldos and Wandas and even one Odlaw (Waldo’s nemesis) were sprinkled throughout Buckhead and the East Andrews Entertainment District, enjoying complimentary drinks from several venues including Stout Irish Pub, East Andrews Cafe and Bar, The Red Door Tavern, The Dive Bar and Lost Dog Tavern. Many of the venues’ bartenders and waitstaff also joined in the fun by sporting their best Waldo attire. A scavenger hunt of Waldo related items also took place with participants winning a variety of door prizes throughout the evening.

Clark Nelson as Odlaw with his friend Logan Patterson.

Clark Nelson as Odlaw with his friend Logan Patterson. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Hand)

As the evening progressed and turned into night, all of the Waldos, Wandas and the one Odlaw came together for a dance party with Atlanta’s premier ’80s band 80′s ‘R’ Us. Even the band sported their red and white Waldo stripes. The venue was filled to the brim with Waldos and Wandas dancing to tunes by Billy Idol, Prince, The Violent Femmes, and so much more, making for quite a unique experience to witness. While the pub crawl and world record attempt was a ton of fun, because a portion of the proceeds from the pub crawl went to the nonprofit OneSight, attendees could also walk away knowing that their participation in the event helped people around the world who are in need of proper eyewear.

(Photo credit: Lindsey Hand)

(Photo Credit: Lindsey Hand)

The Where’s Waldo Bar Crawl also partnered with Costumes, Etc., and 15 percent of the proceeds from Waldo costumes purchased online were donated to OneSight. Aside from the donation of proceeds made from the event, participants also donated gently worn eyewear for men, women and children who do not have access to or cannot afford vision care.

OneSight is an organization committed to providing clear vision to millions in need through the hand-delivery of primary vision care and eyewear all over the world. All donated eyewear from the pub crawl will be recycled by OneSight and hand-delivered to one of their Global Optical Clinics.

Adam Kleg posing as one of the more authentic looking Waldos. (Photo credit: Lindsey Hand)

Adam Kleg posing as one of the more authentic looking Waldos. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Hand)

The most flamboyant of the Waldos and also a scavenger hunt find. (Photo credit: Lindsey Hand)

The most flamboyant of the Waldos and also a scavenger hunt find. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Hand)

Leah Dalton shows off her homemade pipe cleaner glasses. (Photo credit: Lindsey Hand)

Leah Dalton shows off her homemade pipe cleaner glasses. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Hand)

Crystal Hoffman made her own crocheted Waldo hat. (Photo credit: Lindsey Hand)

Crystal Hoffman made her own crocheted Waldo hat. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Hand)

From right to left: Heather Stowe, Robby Astrove, Danielle Arellano, Kimberly Estep, Pita Arellano, and Angela Villanar showed off their homemade Waldo hats. (Photo credit: Lindsey Hand)

From right to left: Heather Stowe, Robby Astrove, Danielle Arellano, Kimberly Estep, Pita Arellano, and Angela Villanar showed off their homemade Waldo hats. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Hand)

From right to left: Linda Holdervied, Melissa Kelly, and Michael Kelly

From right to left: Linda Holdervied, Melissa Kelly, and Michael Kelly (Photo Credit: Lindsey Hand)

Scott Rowlands and Jennifer Louten (Photo credit: Lindsey Hand)

Scott Rowlands and Jennifer Louten (Photo Credit: Lindsey Hand)

Cory Maynard and Troy Burkhartsmeier opted for body paint. (Photo credit: Lindsey Hand)

Cory Maynard and Troy Burkhartsmeier opted for body paint. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Hand)

From right to left: Lindsay Shoemake, Michael Lima, and Taylor Russell enjoying the pub crawl. (Photo credit: Lindsey Hand)

From right to left: Lindsay Shoemake, Michael Lima, and Taylor Russell enjoying the pub crawl. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Hand)

Adam Kleg and Leah Harris take a quick break. (Photo credit: Lindsey Hand)

Adam Kleg and Leah Harris take a quick break. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Hand)

80's 'R' Us (Photo credit: Lindsey Hand)

80′s ‘R’ Us (Photo Credit: Lindsey Hand)

East Andrews Cafe and Bar bartender showing off his Waldo stripes. (Photo credit: Lindsey Hand)

East Andrews Cafe and Bar bartender showing off his Waldo stripes. (Photo Credit: Lindsey Hand)

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