For the eighth year in a row the PCM Foundation/Endowment’s “A Night of Trivia” was held at the Fore Seasons Golf Practice Center & Lounge north of Reasnor Jan. 26. Twenty-two tables with eight players per team competed in 10 rounds with 10 trivia categories — quotes, musical lead-ins, history, first, sports, potpourri, movies, spelling bee, geography, and music. Dr. Jim Walker’s team, “The Royals,” took first place in the competition.
The evening’s profit, according to foundation treasurer Alan Chipps, was more than $3,400. “This year’s ‘A Night of Trivia’ was again a fantastic evening. In addition to the fun it always brings, it is great to see the teams that return every year along with the newcomers who told us that they would be back next year,” foundation secretary Sue Ponder said.
“This was my first year participating in Trivia Night, as well as the first year that Monroe Elementary has been represented. While neither of our teams ended the night in the top three, our two tables sporting Harry Potter décor tied for the best table decorations,” Monroe Elementary teacher Kelsey Van Veen said. Both tables won Jersey Freeze Bucks for their table decor.
Walker’s first place teammates were Jenny and Eric Anderson, Mary Ellen Draeger, Payton Walker, John Walker and Merri and Jeff DeReus.
“We were first in 2016 and second last year. We have had a team all eight years of Trivia Night and have started a family feud, as a team named ‘Beat Jim’ was established and finished third this year,” Walker said. “They are coming after me next year, but I feel up to the challenge.”
Placing second were “The Wildcats” with Rod and Cathy DeHaai, Brian and Stacey Briles, Thad and Jodi Nearmyer and Dennis and Kim Worth. Third place “Beat Jim” players were Kari Walker, Finley Walker, Beth and Todd McFall, Dana Jacobs, Dustin and Jody Gritters and Jason Doonen.
‘A Night of Trivia’ is always a lot of fun. I’ve been able to participate since its inception. It’s very competitive. You have to have a team with a broad base of useless information and a mix of different generations,” repeat player Bill Wright said.
At $100 per table and with a raffle, silent auction and auction of Wild Rose Casino packages at Jefferson, Clinton and Emmetsburg, each a $550 value; three Iowa State basketball tickets for the Cyclone-Texas game with a parking pass and a $50 gift card at Texas Roadhouse; and two sets of four Iowa Cubs Grandstand front row tickets, foundation president Kathy Macy said, “We have very generous donors and lots of interest in our raffle, auctions and door prizes.”
Door prizes donated by local merchants were given between rounds.
“We really appreciate the support we receive from the local businesses and citizens,” Ponder said.
For the first time, Monroe quilt maker Terry Street donated three quilts, the largest of which was given as a raffle prize.
The PCM Foundation/Endowment was organized in 1994 by Monroe resident and then PCM School Board member Harold Van Wyk. Its goal is to provide financial assistance/enhancement for the school and its students.
“In 2016, the first Norma and Chuck Skinner Scholarships worth $5,000 were given to seven students. Last year’s scholarships included four Foundation Scholarships ($2,000) and 30 Skinner Scholarships ($25,000). It’s been a successful year,” Macy said. “Our success, however, is dependent upon the help and support of the Prairie City/Monroe community, so we thank you for all you do for us.”
Van Veen summarized the feelings of most at A Night of Trivia. “Overall, it was a fun way for us to help support seniors in the district and I expect that we will be back again next year.”