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.  

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“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.