By Linda White
The Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars (CSF) Trivia Night was a little like Jeopardy, a little like PBS’s High School Quiz Show, a little like Name That Tune and a lot of fun with a little friendly competition benefiting the program of Bedford.
A capacity crowd filled the St. Michael’s Parish Hall for the 2nd Annual CSF Trivia Night on February 6. Many tables of 10 attendees brought picnic suppers or local take out favorites for a group dinner to fuel themselves prior to the official start of the trivia competition. More than one table celebrated the birthday of a table member with birthday cake and a song. Desserts and non-alcoholic beverages were provided.
Bedford resident and experienced Trivia Master Debbie Hughes put together 10 rounds of challenging and fun trivia. Tables were asked to answer 10 questions of varying degrees of difficulty in each round. Question categories included:Identify the Picture, History/Geography, Who Am I?, Name the TV/Movie Tune, Borrowed Foreign Words, Name the Film, Science/Nature, Sports/Leisure and General Knowledge. Table conversation was animated and frequently in whispers as table members considered possible answers and protected their answers from being overheard by neighboring tables. Each table submitted one answer sheet that was graded as each round was completed. As correct answers were revealed, it was not uncommon to hear, “Ugh, I should have known that!”
The Winning Teams
Round after round, Table #15, the 2015 defending champions, and Table #5, the Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) Board and Friends (who had a strong 2015 finish), were neck in neck. At the end of regular play of 10 rounds, the two tables were tied for first place.
After a tie breaker round, they were still tied. After a second tie breaker, they continued to remain even in the standings. To determine first and second place winners and cash awards, the score of each team from one of the more difficult category rounds was used to break the tie.
With the Help of Some Friends
Between trivia rounds, CSF Board member, Robin Grace kept the pace upbeat awarding several door prizes that were donated by local businesses. Thank you to the generosity of donors Arts and Flowers, Asiana Restaurant, Bedford Auto Supply, Bedford Florist, Bedford Jewelers, Great Wall Restaurant, Holi Restaurant, Kens Deli, Lincoln Liquors, The Paper Store, Prince Street Café, Red Heat Tavern and Steve’s House of Pizza.
Trivia players had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for an interesting array of gift baskets that were donated by CSF Board members. Lucky raffle ticket winners went home with lottery ticket trees, assorted wines, gourmet items, Chip-in Farm favorites, and more.
Looking Back on the Evening
Jen Kelley, BEF Co-President commented, “The Bedford Education Foundation was thrilled to once again field a team of enthusiastic board members and friends for our second CSF Trivia Night. Much like last year, the night was great fun, and we enjoyed the lively spirit of competition. Many of us at the BEF would come out for a night of challenging trivia any day of the week, so having the added benefit of supporting such a wonderful cause was perfect for us!”
Bobbie Ennis reported, “Some tables were groups of friends, some tables represented formal groups, i.e. Bedford Rotary, Bedford Education Foundation (BEF), Bedford School Committee, Board of Selectmen, Bedford Planning Board, BHS students, CSF Board members, Recipients of CSF Scholarships, parents of athletes and people who just love trivia.”
Ron Stewart, CSF of Bedford historian and past president stated, “The Trivia Night was a resounding and very popular success on all fronts. It helped set a new record of scholarship fundraising which will be awarded to deserving high school graduates at the 51st Annual CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars Awards Ceremony to be held at the Bedford Glen Hotel on May 25, 2016.The organization is supported completely by an all-volunteer board and the wonderful generosity of Bedford residents and businesses.”
Active in Bedford, MA since 1965, CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars has provided over $2.2 million in scholarship awards to more than2900 graduating students living in Bedford, MA, on Hanscom Air Force Base, and/or attending Bedford High School.
The Annual CSF Dollars for Schools Phone-A-Thon will take place on March 5 and 6. It is the major fund raising event of the year for CSF.If your home phone rings, it might be one of the BHS students making scholarship fund raising calls to all Bedford residentsthroughout both days. All the calls will again be made from the offices of MITRE Corp, a strong and generous community partner, which has made their facilities available and welcoming to the BHS student callers.
CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars is a volunteer community 501©3 organization which provides scholarships to deserving high school graduates who plan to continue their education. It is the local chapter of Dollars for Scholars®, a national program sponsored by Scholarship America.