Photo by Lori Urquhart

by Chuck MacInnis

The Run Merrickville Trivia Night fundraiser has come and gone, but it was a memorable and fun evening for all participants.

Approximately 150 participants across 16 teams came to the Merrickville Community Centre with the intent of competing against others in a race to drag obscure bits of information from the dark recesses of their brains! And the competition was keen! But, in the end, it is a competition and someone has to win. Team La Traviata edged in to beat out Foster’s Follies by one point. Both teams generously donated their winnings back to the fundraiser.

There were individual winners as well. Kathryn, Thomas, Greg, Carissa and Gary won door prize draws of beer mugs, t-shirts and caps while Jared walked away with a $50.00 gift certificate from Hunter’s Public House in Ottawa.

The fifty-fifty draw prize of $185.00 went to Wendy C. She too donated a large portion of her winnings back to Run Merrickville.

Table décor was not a prize category, but the Village Beanies came prepared just in case, with tablecloth, place settings, table decorations and a poster-sized name card.

Event organizers expressed their gratitude to all the people for making the event a success, to Hunter’s for sponsoring the door prizes, and to the Beau’s Brewing Company for being a sponsor. A thank-you also went out to Chantal LaSalle and MacKenzie Salmon for volunteering their time to operate the bar for the committee.

Race Director, Lori Urquhart, said the money raised from the Trivia Night is a welcome addition. The funds will help offset the cost of this year’s medals, which will incorporate a logo celebrating the 225th anniversary of the founding of Merrickville. Traffic pylons will also be purchased to enhance runner and volunteer safety.

Committee Member Nicole Hawken said there are a few wrinkles to work on for next year, but, overall, participants had great feedback and they are already looking forward to next year’s Trivia Night.

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