An Evening of Glitz, Glam and Good Times
ORCA’s Trivia Night at the Oscars Raises $4213.38 for BCC Endowment
The red carpet was rolled out in style in the Plantation Club as 112 special guests and local personalities made their way to this year’s Trivia Night at the Oscars. Judy Cunningham, ORCA Board Member, channeled her inner Joan Rivers as she interviewed arriving guests about their evening attire while Mary Perno invited them to have their photos taken with our very own “Oscar.”
Before the games began, elegant hot and cold appetizers were enjoyed by all the attendees. Plated by the black and white garbed “caterers” - the refreshments committee - the appetizers, including star chips, were labeled with the item name and an Oscar nominated movie. During intermission, the cakes and OSCAR “statued” cupcakes were a hit.
Trivia Night host extraordinaire Randy Pelton took control of the mic and kept the teams on their toes as he rattled through the questions from the game’s 8 categories - Academy Awards, Italy, Rock & Roll Hits of the 60s, Movie Classics, Cooking & Food, North Carolina, Law Enforcement Acronyms, Lawrence of Arabia-the Movie. The competition was congenial and the crowd raucous as they whispered, debated and deliberated on their answers. All answers were tabulated by the behind the scenes officials - Mike Gildea, Mary Pat Lynch, Beth Grunewalder, Claudia Piccarelli, and Maggy Schlink. And to everyone’s delight, Randy did a superb job by crowning a winning team by 9:30 p.m.
All the “stars” came out for this yearly event to support the David Kelly Nursing Scholarship Endowment of Brunswick Community College. This endowment was designed to provide nursing scholarships in perpetuity as part of the foundation’s scholarship program. A toast to all the winners, to the organizing committee Maggy Schlink (team coordinator and decorations) Amy Kelly (food), Kath Larson (communications), Mike Gildea (the development of the game), and to ORCA for another award-winning activity.
Bonsoir et bonne chance!
"April in Paris" marked the theme for this year’s Trivia Night. The evening began with an introduction and a reading of the rules by Mike Gildea, including “have a good time.” This year’s Master of Ceremonies was a very special guest – Randy Pelton. Teams competed in 8 categories, which included “Name the Artist/Band”, “Sports”, “Presidents”, yes, a category called “Paris”.
Flying in straight from Paris was the trusted team of Inspector Jacques Clouseau and his pretty assistant, Pink Panther (a.k.a. Bill and Carol Wakefield.) Their job…keep the laughter rolling and the game crime-free. Alex and Lilia Kierez, from Beyond the Muzik Entertainment, provided the tunes for the music-based questions and entertainment overall. Pam and Joe Jaeger helped to coordinate the refreshment committee and made variety of delicious food platters.
After the last answers were totaled Team #10 reigned victorious. Team members were David and Kathy Stuart, Fred and Pam Bank, Allen and Judy Keegan, and Bob and Liz Cermak.
Mike Gildea, ORCA’s President, addressed the participants and thanked the Ocean Ridge residents for their continued generosity. He announced that due to their support and the support of corporate sponsors, “by June 1st, ORCA will have donated a quarter of a million dollars to 36 local charities.”
Between the teams attending, answers sold, the 50/50 and charitable donations, ORCA netted about $3,900 on this event. All proceeds will be donated to the New Hope Clinic whose mission is to provide basic medical and dental care, diagnostic services and prescription drugs to low income, uninsured residents of Brunswick Count. The clinic was founded in 1998 when a small group of compassionate people with a noble vision joined together to provide the uninsured with basic medical care. That first year they operated out of a single room and treated 38 patients.
Congratulations to all the winners! Congratulations to the Chairperson of the event, Maggy Schlink, and her core team of Mike Gildea, Amy Kelly and Liz Cermak. Many thanks to all attendees and the many volunteers for their generosity. We know everyone had a wonderful time and helped
New Hope Clinic continue their great work!
Another huge success!
“Spring Break” marked the theme for this year’s Trivia Night held on April 9th this year.
The evening’s shenanigans began with a reminder from the organizers that: ‘What Happens At Spring Break…Stays at Spring Break’. Twelve 8 person teams competed in 8 categories that included Cars ‘N Tunes, Fun & Games, Beach Flix and, yes, a category called ‘Spring Break’.
This year’s Master of Ceremonies was a very special guest by the name of John “Smarty Pants” Goryance. You may know him. He is a (self-proclaimed) member of Mensa, once featured (seemingly) on the monthly magazine called “I Am Smart”. John sought to bring a level of Mensa to the competition this year. So, individuals could earn Mensa points towards an award if they demonstrated such things as the ‘proper use of multiple newly sharpened #2 yellow pencils with no teeth marks’, or ‘looking like you are smart and looking good doing it’. And so it went…
Bill and Carol Wakefield were the Beach Party couple. They fired up the crowd with beach balls, beach toys and good old fashioned Spring Break behavior (yikes!). The Beach Bucket Brigade sold answers to all the tables who were competing for the big prize. Alex Kierez, from Beyond the Muzik Entertainment, provided the tunes for the music-based questions and entertainment overall. A variety of delicious and fun food was provided, but the BBQ was clearly the hit!
Team #11 came in first. Winners were Laura and Craig Pennington, Richard and Karen Farrand, Beth Naylor, Joanne and Chris Messerlie and Joe Arancio. Ray Tanner won the ‘I Am Smart’ Mensa Award and Kathy Stuart won the Mensa ‘Wanna Be’ Award.
Mike Gildea, ORCA’s President, spoke and thanked the Ocean Ridge Residents for their generosity. He announced that their total contributions to charities, since ORCA’s inception, now exceeded $155,000.
Between the teams attending, answers sold, the 50/50 and charitable donations, ORCA netted about $3,500 on this event. All proceeds go to the Dropout Prevention Program of Communities in Schools, whose work surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Congratulations to all the winners! Congratulations to the Chairperson of the event, Maggy Schlink, and her core team of Kathy Arancio, Amy Kelly and Liz Cermak. Many thanks to all attendees and the many volunteers for their generosity. We know everyone had a wonderful time and helped Communities in Schools continue their great work!
This year's event was fun, as always, and quite successful.
Mardi Gras was the theme and ORCA was able to make a generous contribution to the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition as a result.
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This year's event was called
Trivia Nite Showdown. Fun food and some strong competition brought in many $$ which were donated to support K-12 educational programs in Brunswick County.
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2011 is ORCA's first year in operation and its first of what will be many Trivia Nite Championships.
This one supported the Ocean Ridge Nursing Scholarship at Brunswick College, hence, had a hospital theme.
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