It took a global pandemic, but Bedford Dollars for Scholars celebrated its most successful fundraising trivia night on Saturday.
The seventh annual event hosted 200 participants comprising 24 teams. They competed in a virtual event, conducted almost flawlessly by professionals from Stump! Trivia, which a year ago was producing live contests for Dollars for Scholars and other organizations as well as patrons at Red Heat.
The key to the virtual operation was the breakout room tool in the Zoom platform. After each question, the teams were divided seamlessly into individual screens for deliberations. Answers were submitted remotely and then announced after the time limit expired.
Members of the winning team, which called itself First Course, were Kristen Anderson, Jenn Bouchard, Jen Crawford, Sally Ehrenfried, Karen Finocchio, and Lisa Romeo.
Two local media giants —The Bedford Citizen and Bedford TV – finished tied for second, one point behind the winner. The Citizen prevailed by correctly answering a tie-breaking question, which asked the year the Ivy League sports conference was established (1954).
The Bedford Citizen team was composed of staff, stringers, and volunteer directors. Competing were Dot Bergin, Joan Bowen, Ryan Doucette, Prakhar Gupta, Elizabeth Hacala, Gene Kalb, Teri Morrow, Mike Rosenberg, Ginni Spencer, and Jerry Wolf.
The Bedford T(rivia) V(ictors), aka Bedford TV, competitors also included staff, directors, and volunteers. They were Mike Davis, Jean and Bob Dutton, Katie and Mike Duval, Gretchen Kind, Scott Rauch, Suneeta Tembukar, Laura Trainor, and Paul Wittman.
Now in its 56th year, CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars has awarded almost $3 million to more than 3,240 students, including $148,000 in scholarships presented to local high school seniors in 2020.
Mike Rosenberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 781-983-1763