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Originally published: 2013-10-31 11:14:57
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Trivia Challenge to test the best

by Sherrie Norris

The High Country Caregiver Foundation will host its ninth semi-annual Trivia Night Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 2, at La Quinta Inn & Suites in Boone.

The event has become one of great anticipation during which community members and local businesses match wits and trivial knowledge, while helping to raise funds and awareness for a worthy cause. 

The "Inside Scoops" representing Mountain Times Publications will return to defend their title as 2013 trivia champions.

HCCF is a nonprofit organization designed to offer much deserved support and needed respite to caregivers in Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Mitchell and Yancey counties, with plans to expand to Wilkes in early spring. 

Relatives as Parents Program currently in Avery and Watauga with Ashe, Mitchell and Yancey county kinship caregivers included in holidays for kids program this year.

"The mission of the Foundation," said Brenda Reece, executive director, is to create awareness of caregiving issues and improve the quality of life for caregivers and those they care for -- through advocacy, information and referral, education, emotional support and respite services.
  "The High Country Caregivers Foundation counts on these fundraising activities to support and provide respite for our local caregivers," Reece said. "Through these efforts, we are able to provide vouchers for dozens of caregivers each year to have a well-deserved break," Reece said. 

The vouchers, valued at $500 each, are traded in to local participating agencies for valuable services that will benefit the health and wellbeing of the family caregivers. 

"Trivia night is fun for all and a great way to support this worthy cause," said Reece. "It has become tremendously successful for the foundation and continues to grow each time as teams return to match wits, earn prizes and bragging rights," Reece said.

Reece said that the event is comprised of teams -- from six to 12 people -- whose knowledge will be tested in categories such as geography, sports, entertainment, music, pop culture, history, art, science, literature and more.

"We are asking community members, businesses, civic clubs and individuals to help us show support to these selfless individuals whose needs are often overlooked in their roles as caregivers," she said.

Numerous new and repeat contestants and audience members will gather for the fun-filled event on Saturday. 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available at $250 each, which includes public recognition, admission for up to 12 team members, prizes for each round, food, soft drinks and "plenty of laughs," Reece said.Individual admission is $25.

The reception begins at 6 p.m., during which guests can purchase raffle tickets for some great prizes and enjoy food provided by Casa Rustica and fellowship while meeting this year's sponsors and host. A cash bar will be available.

The trivia competition begins at 7 p.m. 

For more information, or to register a team, contact Reece at (breece@regiond.org) or (828) 265-5434, ext 128.