A battle of wits involving 13 teams crowding the Best Western Beachfront Inn conference center resulted in Relay for Life raising $2,300 toward its $46,000 goal.
As of Tuesday, money was still pouring in, said Rhonda Gardenheir, Relay for Life chairwoman.
Winning the event was the team from the Curry Coastal Pilot. However, several times the team was either tied or behind teams from the Brookings-Harbor High School Knowledge Bowl, which came in second, and First American Title, which won third place.On the other extreme, a team calling itself the No Nothings consistently came in last place in every round.
The event was the first Trivia Night, modeled after a similar contest, and much smaller event that benefitted a different organization, that took place last year, Gardenheir said.
Teams were presented a series of questions for each round. Each round was a different topic, ranging from identifying songs and movie posters, to science and geography. The teams worked together to come up with the right answers for the trivia question. After the allotted five minutes, a team captain turned in the answers, which were scored by Darlene Wheeler and Pat Oar. While the scores were tallied, Ron Wheeler announced the correct answers, which brought hoorays and groans from the teams.
Several times a member of a team would question Ron’s answer, and a few successfully argued their case.
To keep the teams energized, sandwiches were available, donated by Subway, as well as soft drinks and water, donated by C&K Markets, Gardenheir said.
In addition, team members could purchase tickets for the 70 raffle prizes that were available, or for a 50-50 drawing. Winning the 50-50 drawing, which amounted to $129, was Joe Donohue, who donated the prize back to Relay for Life.
Gardenheir said the Wheelers and their daughter Jennifer Romero put a lot of work into the event by canvasing the community to gather prizes. Ron Wheeler also came up with the trivia questions for the event.
Helping save on the cost of the event was the fact that Best Western Beachfront Inn donated the use of the room, Gardenheir said.
Saturday night’s event was deemed a success. Gardenheir said perhaps next year the event may have to be held in a larger venue, as the conference room had just enough space.
Trivia Night was the second event for the 2011 Relay for Life fundraiser, which benefits the American Cancer Society.
The first event was The Pavillion on Jan. 28, where three basketball games were played and cancer survivors were introduced. This event was organized by three Brookings-Harbor High School coaches, Gardenheir said.
Relay for Life organizers will continue to raise funds prior to the main event scheduled for July 8 and 9 at the BHHS football field.
Team members will spend the night in decorated tents and take turns carrying a baton around the track. The event will begin with a Survivor Lap and continue with such events at the Luminaria Ceremony, which remembers those who have had cancer.
Until then, individual teams will be holding fundraisers.
People who would like to donate to Relay for Life may visit curryrelayforlife.com. Information about events and how donations help are available at the site.