The latest Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington (CSGW) fundraiser netted an amount that is far from trivial. The event, hosted by Grand River Raceway, generated $1,375 for the program. A first-time partnership for the two organizations, Grand Trivia Night saw a sold-out audience munch on snacks while answering trivia questions, some of which were crime-themed. Teams of two or four could earn points to qualify for a cash prize of $200. If a team accumulated more points than the Pro Team, they would win an additional $50. The Pro Team consisted of Wellington County OPP Inspector Scott Lawson, Staff Sergeant Vicki Dawson, Staff Sergeant Krista Miller and Staff Sergeant David Sinko.
The winning team of Laura Taylor, John Taylor, Tom Waind and Paul Rooney of McClary Automatics Team 2 of Fergus claimed the top prize, and generously turned back the $50 bonus to CSGW.
“We are thrilled with the response to the event, not just from the public, but from our community radio stations,” said Laura Aston, Fundraising Chair and CSGW Board member, in reference to the challenge from 88.7 The River of Mount Forest, who had their own competition against The Grand 101.1 FM of Fergus. “It was the perfect combination of entertainment and raising money for a great cause.”
“We’re so delighted by the sold-out success of this fun event,” said Kelly Spencer, Marketing Manager for Grand River Raceway. “The crowd’s energy was amazing and the entire evening made for a memorable experience. It was truly our pleasure to work in partnership with CSGW. They worked as hard on making this event successful as they do every day to improve the safety of our communities.”
A portion of ticket sales went to CSGW, along with 100% of the funds raised from the Silent Auction. Prizes were donated by local businesses and helped keep the excitement level high during the two trivia intermissions.
“It was a terrific night, and we look forward to seeing everyone again when we have the Second Annual Trivia Night,” said Program Coordinator Sarah Bowers-Peter. “We didn’t think we could improve upon this event, but thanks to Kelly and her staff at Grand River Raceway, there’s already a couple of great tweaks the audience can anticipate for next year!”