Giving Back

Junior League of Summit’s Second Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser Yields More Than $14,000

The Junior League of Summit's Second Annual Trivia Night drew more than 180 participants.
"Alternative Fact Checkers" - First Place Finishers
"Sustainables" - Second Place Finishers
"Stairway to Heaven" - Best Costume
"Let's Get Quizzical" - Best Table Décor

SUMMIT, NJ - Many of the competitors' costumes and themes were more than a bit whimsical, and the vibe was light-hearted, but there is nothing trivial about the results from the Junior League of Summit's (JLS) Second Annual Trivia Night.

The fundraising event, attended by more than 180 participants, generated $14,000 – nearly double the proceeds of the inaugural event in 2016 -- with the funds to be reinvested back into the community via the JLS' community grants, scholarships and other projects.

While enjoying the evening’s festivities, the competitors persevered through 10 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.  

Sign Up for E-News

“Alternative Fact Checkers” took home the title as trivia competition winners. Members of the winning team included Marian and Manav Agarwal and 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.

“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,” said 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, an initiative that includes GRACE's Refrigerator, a fresh food pantry, and  GRACE's Closet, which 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 including Summit Mayor Nora Radest and Jackie Kondel of the Reeves-Reed Arboretum.

Trivia Night included support from platinum sponsor Lois Schneider Realtor, and gold sponsors, Zadie’s Nurturing Den and the Nissenbaum Law Group.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Thu, March 22, 12:00 PM

SAGE Eldercare, Summit

FREE Tax Assistance

Community Calendar


Thu, March 22, 4:00 PM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

Gr. K-5: Programs with Mrs. Wheeless

Arts & Entertainment Education

Summit Fire Department Blotter

01/01/2018 9:26 am     FD dispatched to a motor vehicle accident, car vs. pole in front of 196 GLENSIDE AVENUE.  On arrival occupant was out of the vehicle.  Summit EMS assumed patient contact. FD made notification to the power company to make repairs.  Summit PD remained on scene for traffic control and road closure until repairs were made.

01/02/2018 7:36 pm ...

Summit Police Blotter

March 12, 2018

3/3 - Daniel T. Lipkin, 20, of Millington was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and possession of an alcoholic beverage under legal age. Mr. Lipkin was processed and released with a pending court date.

3/3 - Taurino Alday-Benitez, 28, of Summit was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. Mr. Alday-Benitez was processed and released with ...

Experience New Jersey Art with the Summit Area YMCA

March 21, 2018

This Spring, discover the wonders of Grounds For Sculpture with a self-guided tour in the morning, view the beautiful spring landscapes, life-size whimsical art installations and indoor galleries. A three-course gourmet sit down lunch will be served at the renowned Rat's restaurant in a chateau-like setting surrounded by the sculpture garden. After lunch, see the ...

Susan G. Komen's Annual Pink Tie Event Raises Funds, Awareness

Every two minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. And every 13 minutes, a woman will lose her battle with the disease. These are mothers, sisters, wives, and friends. 

Susan G. Komen was one of them. After the Texas native passed away from breast cancer, her sister founded the Susan G. Komen Foundation and it blossomed into a national force for ...

Financially Savvy Charitable Giving: Donor-Advised Funds

Americans are known to be philanthropic, with an estimated 83% donating to charitable causes. Making the donation convenient and tax-effective is a win-win for both charities and those with a generous heart. Donor-advised funds (DAFs) are a simplistic funding structure available to those with both small and large charitable giving pots.  

Mechanics of Donor Funds

DAFs can be set up ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 13

On this episode of AtlantiCast, new clinical studies in the fields of cardiology and immunotherapy, national and statewide recognitions for Atlantic Health System medical centers and the inaugural AtlantiCast Collab Challenge!


Coffee, Tea or Fleas?

Two ducks are on a flight to Miami.  The first duck says to the second, “you flying south for the winter?”  The second duck replies, “Oh wow, a talking emotional support duck!”


Pa rum pum.


There have been a lot of news stories lately about animals traveling on airplanes.  Some are humorous, like the woman who recently tried to bring ...

Learn a Language @ Your Library

Anyone can learn a language at the Summit Free Public Library!

Did you know that the Summit Library has a subscription to Muzzy Club? Funded by a grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Muzzy Club is an online resource that allows Summit Library cardholders of all ages to learn a new language. Languages in Muzzy Club include British and American English, Spanish, ...