It’s that time of year again, the time where Highland County folks gather to raise money for a good cause and try their hand at answering trivia questions to win cash prizes, and perhaps best their peers, in the Alternatives to Violence Center’s (AVC) annual Trivia Night.
This year’s event is Hollywood themed and starts at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Hillsboro Elks Lodge.
Team members can dress up like a favorite movie character, a favorite actor, or dress like they are going to the Oscars, according to Dara Gullette with AVC.
The décor of the event will include a red carpet and a walk of fame, Gullette said. Trivia questions will be Hollywood-themed and will also include general trivia.
First-place winners will receive $1,000. Second and third places, and the best-dressed team, will also receive cash prizes. The last-place finisher will get a prize, too.
Door prizes, intermission games, and photo stations are some of the extras that attendees can enjoy.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses for $100, and the names of sponsors will go on the stars on the walk of fame, Gullette said.
Half of that money goes toward victim services provided by AVC and the other half goes toward cash prizes for the event, she said.
If interested, contact the AVC at 937-393-8118, or through the agency’s Facebook page.
This year, Gullette said, all teams must preregister as there will be no registration at the door on the evening of the event as with previous years.
A team must include at least five people, but can have up to 10 people. It is $20 per person and the deadline to register is Sept. 25. Dinner and beverages are included in the registration cost. A cash bar will be available.
The event will once again be emceed by Spin Doctor Karaoke and VJ.
Proceeds from the event will help the AVC continue the services offered by the agency, which include services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence through safety planning, finding shelter, a 24-hour crisis line, support sessions for victims, court and emergency legal advocacy, information and referral programs, and 911 cell phones.
“We are really excited about this year’s event,” Gullette said. “The community’s support as we’ve prepared for the event has been amazing. The event each year continues to grow, and the funds raised each year help families impacted by domestic violence. This is an event you don’t want to miss.”
The Elks Lodge is located at 451 Danville Pike in Hillsboro.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month is in October. Another AVC activity that goes hand-in-hand with that is the annual Ladders Campaign. Beginning on Oct. 1, local businesses and organizations are asked to show their support by decorating and displaying a ladder at their place of business.
The ladder represents the steps to end domestic violence. Purple is the color associated with the Domestic Violence Month, so it should be a prominent part of the ladder display. Organizers said previously that there is no limit to the design of the displays.
Plaques will be given to first, second, and third place winners.
Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.