SUMMIT, NJ– The Junior League of Summit is thrilled to announce the great success of its second annual trivia night fundraiser which was held Saturday, February 11th at Chatham Fish & Game.
The Valentine’s Day-themed event was attended by over 180 competition participants from the local vicinity, including Summit, Chatham, Madison, Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Maplewood and Short Hills. While enjoying the evening’s festivities, the competitors persevered through ten rigorous rounds of skill and knowledge based questions. Their creativity was tested as well, with a secondary, but fierce, competition for the best team costumes, table décor and team spirit.
In the end, “Alternative Fact Checkers” took home the title as trivia competition winners. Members of the winning team included Marian and Manav Agarwal (Summit); Milissa and Jon Aronson (Summit); Grace and Joe Leonard (New Providence); Stephanie Fils and Alain Noel (Maplewood), Jennifer Battista (Berkeley Heights) and Marcelle Leslie (Chatham). Teams “Stairway To Heaven,” “Let’s Get Quizzical,” and “Nerds And Their Hot Chicks,” took home awards for best costumes, table décor and team spirit, respectively.
Perhaps most importantly, the event brought in over $14,000 – nearly double the proceeds of the inaugural event last year. All of those funds go directly back to the community in the way of the League’s community grants, scholarships and other projects.
“We are so thankful to our Trivia Night committee members, volunteers, corporate sponsors and community members. The event was an overwhelming success, and the funds raised will allow us to make real and immediate impact in the community,” noted Michelle DeMuth, League President. “For those in need, this money can go a long way through programs such as the League’s newest initiative, GRACE.”
GRACE stands for Giving and Receiving Assistance for Our Community's Essentials. We have GRACE's Refrigerator, which is the fresh food pantry. GRACE's Closet coordinates the donation of clothing, sporting goods, or household goods to families in need. Most recently, in coordination with the YMCA, the League launched GRACE's Backpack, a weekend food distribution program for 68 families of food insecure students.
“$14,000 can help us cover basic needs for so many people. We are so appreciative and so are the underserved in our community,” said Amanda Parrish Block, League member and founder of GRACE. Block further noted that:
$7 represents one weekend of food for a family from GRACE's Backpack;
$25 buys a child a new pair of shoes from GRACE's Closet;
$60 would pay for a week's worth of groceries for a family from GRACE's Refrigerator;
$75 affords a winter coat, boots, hat, scarf, and gloves for a child from GRACE's Closet;
$170 buys a week's worth of milk and eggs for all the families who rely on GRACE's Refrigerator;
$280 covers a family's weekend food packs for a year from GRACE's Backpack; and
$15,000 covers the entire year of family food packs for GRACE's Backpack.
The trivia competition was emceed by Adam Zucker, host of CBS Sports’ College Football Today, and also featured celebrity guest judges, Summit Mayor Nora Radest and Jackie Kondel of the Reeves-Reed Arboretum.
The League also is especially grateful for the generous donations made by its second-time platinum sponsor, Lois Schneider Realtor, and its gold sponsors, Zadie’s Nurturing Den and the Nissenbaum Law Group. Lois Schneider Realtor is a market leader in real estate in the Summit area, providing its premier services within the towns of Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Madison, Harding, Maplewood and Millburn/Short Hills. Gold sponsor, Zadie’s Nurturing Den is family-owned and operated business in Summit, New Jersey. Caring for infants through Kindergarten, Zadies’ mission “is to provide the highest quality childcare in a nurturing, inspiring and academically stimulating environment.” The Nissenbaum Law Group, LLC is a boutique commercial law firm, based out of Union County, New Jersey with offices in New York, Philadelphia, Bridgewater and Dallas, as well.
The League also wishes to recognize and thank its bronze level sponsors: Advanced Dentistry, LLC, Exhale Spa, KINGS, Murray Hill Tennis & Fitness, New Jersey Perinatal Associates, New York Blackboard, Peerless Beverage Company, Providence! Integrated Health and Fitness.