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Trivia Challenge to test the best

By Sherrie Norris (

Article Published: Oct. 31, 2013 | Modified: Nov. 3, 2013
Trivia Challenge to test the best

The Mountain Times Publications trivia team, the Inside Scoops, will return to defend its title as High Country Caregiver Foundation Trivia champions Nov. 2 at La Quinta Inn & Suites in Boone. Pictured with the spring trivia tournament trophy are, from left, Steve Behr, Jamie Shell, Melanie Marshall, Anna Oakes, Jeff Eason, Gene Fowler, Frank Ruggiero, Kellen Short, Meg McSwain, Luke Short, Sherrie Norris, Johnny Hayes and Meredith Hayes.
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The High Country Caregiver Foundation will host its ninth semi-annual Trivia Night Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 2, at La Quinta Inn & Suites in Boone.

The event has become one of great anticipation during which community members and local businesses match wits and trivial knowledge, while helping to raise funds and awareness for a worthy cause.

The Inside Scoops, representing Mountain Times Publications, will return to defend their title as 2013 trivia champions.

HCCF is a nonprofit organization designed to offer much deserved support and needed respite to caregivers in Avery, Watauga and Ashe counties, with plans to expand to Wilkes in early spring.
“The mission of the foundation,” said Brenda Reece, executive director, is to create awareness of caregiving issues and improve the quality of life for caregivers and those they care for — through advocacy, information and referral, education, emotional support and respite services.

“The High Country Caregivers Foundation counts on these fundraising activities to support and provide respite for our local caregivers,” Reece said. “Through these efforts, we are able to provide vouchers for dozens of caregivers each year to have a well-deserved break.”

The vouchers, valued at $500 each, are traded in to local participating agencies for valuable services that will benefit the health and wellbeing of the family caregivers.

“Trivia night is fun for all and a great way to support this worthy cause,” Reece said. “It has become tremendously successful for the foundation and continues to grow each time as teams return to match wits, earn prizes and bragging rights.”

Reece said that the event is comprised of teams — from six to 12 people — whose knowledge will be tested in categories, such as geography, sports, entertainment, music, pop culture, history, art, science, literature and more.

“We are asking community members, businesses, civic clubs and individuals to help us show support to these selfless individuals whose needs are often overlooked in their roles as caregivers,” she said.
Numerous new and repeat contestants and audience members will gather for the fun-filled event on Saturday.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available at $250 each, which includes public recognition, admission for up to 12 team members, prizes for each round, food, soft drinks and “plenty of laughs,” Reece said. Individual admission is $25.

The reception begins at 6 p.m., during which guests can purchase raffle tickets for prizes and enjoy food provided by Casa Rustica and fellowship, while meeting this year’s sponsors and host. A cash bar will be available.

The trivia competition begins at 7 p.m.

For more information, or to register a team, contact Reece at ( or (828) 265-5434, extension 128.

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