Question: What first-year civic organization fundraiser was deemed a rousing success Thursday night at the West Calcasieu Events Center?
Answer: The first Sulphur Sunrise Rotary Club Trivia Night.
After raising funds in the past through dances and athletic competitions, the Sunrise Rotary Club decided to try something a little different this year. The brainchild of long-time Rotarian and local businessman R.K. Levens, the club sold tables to businesses and individuals from around Calcasieu Parish for those who yearned to compete with others to see who has the most trivial knowledge.
“I think the event went extremely well,” Levens said. “We’ve already received a good response from those who attended the event Thursday and they’re interested in coming back again next year. We have some things we can iron out as is the case when you do something for the first time, but we can build from here.”
The competition consisted of four categories of 10 questions apiece. Teams were presented four choices for a correct answer and 30 seconds to answer. At the end of the 40 questions, a winner was declared. The table representing Westlake Chemical captured first place.
The night wasn’t over, however. A decision between second and third places had to go into overtime. Three teams tied after 40 questions and had to answer three bonus questions to decide the pecking order. SPOT and Edward D. Jones answered the three tie-breaker questions correctly — Robert DeNiro auditioned for the role of Michael Corleone but lost the role to Al Pacino; George S. Patton was quoted as saying, “If everyone is thinking alike, somebody isn’t thinking;” and Wally Pipp was injured and replaced in the lineup by Lou Gehrig, who went on to play 2,130 consecutive games for the New York Yankees. After a brief huddle, SPOT and Edward D. Jones decided to pool the second and third place prize money together and split it down the middle. First place was presented $800, while second and third split a combined $640.
“It was a great success and everyone enjoyed the categories we presented,” Sunrise Rotary President and Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan said. “We really didn’t know what to expect the first time out, but I received a lot of emails from people who had a lot of fun. We definitely plan to do this again and look forward to it being even bigger next time.”
A total for the fundraiser wasn’t available from the Sunrise Rotary Club as of press time, but … Duncan and Levens said the club anticipated raising the money it targeted prior to the event. Attendees were treated to a catered meal, featuring crawfish fettuccine. The club went a little further with its community spirit, donating the leftover food to A City of Refuge homeless veterans shelter in Vinton.