The Alternative to Violence Center’s fifth annual Trivia Night saw a “huge turnout” of community members supporting the agency while also enjoying some friendly competition.
The event was held at the Elks Lodge last Friday.
AVC’s Dara Gullette said the agency raised about $6,500. That figure, she added, is a “rough, rough estimate,” as the agency has not yet calculated the deductions.
This year’s theme of “Lights, Camera, Take Action!” brought people out in their most glamorous. Costumes ranged from favorite actors and actresses to the Hollywood sign itself.
Decorations included a red carpet photo station, hanging stars bearing sponsors’ names, and popcorn themed centerpieces at each table.
Gullette said that this year’s Trivia Night was “a lot bigger” than in the past. She described the “huge turnout,” saying that a total of 25 teams, with an average of eight people per team, competed.
In comparison, last year saw 21 teams vying for the top trivia prize.
“Everybody said they loved it,” Gullette said.
She added that based on suggestions from comment cards received during the evening, AVC may “toss around the idea” of looking for a bigger venue.
The event had a total of 32 sponsors.
“We really appreciate our sponsors,” Gullette said. Each sponsor donated $100. Half of that amount, she said, went toward the Trivia Night cash prize. The other half went toward the agency.
Highland County Children Services placed first, winning $1,000. The team “50 Shades of Grey” came in second, winning $150. Third place went to the team “Patriot Games.” They won $100.
Help Me Grow won $100 for the Best Dressed Team. The Individual Best Dressed Award went to Tonya Farley of Children Services.
AVC provides numerous 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.
For more information, call 937-393-8118, or visit the agency’s Facebook page.
Reach Sarah Allen at 937-393-3456, ext. 1680, or on Twitter @SarahAllenHTG.