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Originally published: 2014-03-20 14:14:38
Last modified: 2014-03-20 14:15:24

Trivia Challenge to test the best

by Sherrie Norris

The High Country Caregiver Foundation will host its 10th semiannual Trivia Night Challenge on Saturday, March 22, 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, event organizers said. 

HCCF is a nonprofit organization designed to offer support and  respite to caregivers in Avery, Watauga and Ashe counties.

"The mission of the foundation 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," Brenda Reece, executive director, said.   

"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." 

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

"Trivia night is fun for all and a great way to support this worthy cause. 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.

She 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," Reece said.Numerous new and repeat contestants and audience members will gather for the 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 prizes, 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., with Gene Fowler, group publisher of Mountain Times Publications, returning as event host.

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