Trivia Night raises $1,580
On Friday night, Cassville community members came together to raise $1,580 for the Cassville Education Fund, a permanent endowment fund for the educational needs of Cassville Schools.
Funds were raised during Trivia Night, which was held in the Cassville High School commons area.
"The event was very successful," said Mary Cupps, Cassville Education Fund chair. "Nearly 100 people were in attendance. It was lots of fun. We had the most teams ever, and raised the most money to date at this event."
The Extra Credit from Crowder College team earned the most points and secured first place at this year's trivia challenge. Team members included: Angela Seymour, Chris Seymour, David Jamieson, Ben Lesue, Rebecca Lesue, Donna Fazzini, Christy Hermansen and Dr. Larry Quinalty.
Security Guards, sponsored by Security Bank, claimed second place, and Dollars and Sense, sponsored by First State Bank, earned third place in the competition.
A total of 10 teams competed in this year's event. Other teams were sponsored by: Barry-Lawrence Regional Library and the Cassville Branch Library; Cassville R-4 School District; the Cassville United Methodist Church; Commerce Bank; Freedom Bank; Runnels Chiropractic; and State Farm Insurance.
Towneley Furnishings and Ellis, Cupps and Cole served as event sponsors.
Donna Hayes, who served as master of ceremonies during the event, announced four rounds of trivia questions that covered a wide variety of subjects including history, sports, movies and science. Bonus points were earned through special challenges held between rounds.
The Cassville Education Fund, which is administered by the Cassville Community Foundation, will distribute its third round of grants this May.
"This event is our only scheduled event each year," said Cupps. "We hope to continue to grow the education fund so that we can award more grants each year, eventually providing substantial yearly funding for the school district."
Contributions are tax-deductible and can be made at any time throughout the year. Donations can be dropped off at the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce office at 504 Main St. or submitted online at www.cfozarks.org. Click on the "give online" button near the top of the page and then designate the donation for the Cassville Education Fund. Contributions in honor or memory of Cassville school graduates are specially noted.
"We would like to thank everyone who participated as a team player, team sponsor, volunteer or spectator," said Cupps. "Thanks for making the evening so much fun and for supporting the Cassville Education Fund.
"We would like to encourage everyone to make a contribution to the fund this year," continued Cupps. "Any size of donation is appreciated and will help make a difference in the education of Cassville students. Every gift matters."