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Trivia contest raises funds for District 301

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Carol Gieske, president of the Elgin Area Chamber, with her son, William at the Trivia with a Twist fundraiser Saturday night for the 301 Central Education Foundation. | Denise Moran for Sun-Times Media .

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Updated: December 13, 2013 6:04AM

ELGIN — Trivia with a Twist, formerly known as Trivia Schmivia, drew a large crowd of people eager to test their overall knowledge on various subjects such as the real name of “The Bean” in Chicago to how many times actor Tom Hanks has been nominated for an Academy Award.

The event took place on Saturday night at Elgin Holiday Inn and Suites, 495 Airport Road.

This year marks the sixth time that the 301 Central Education Foundation has run the fundraising gala. It was held in previous years at the Elgin Grand Victoria Riverboat and Casino. The casino was not chosen as the site for Trivia with a Twist this year because it is being remodeled, and the room where the contest was held before was unavailable due to the reconstruction.

The motto of the foundation is: “Our students. Our family. Our district. Raising money to build a better student.”

Foundation Chairman Tom Knief said that Trivia with a Twist could raise over $15,000 this year. He thanked the people who put the event together and offered special recognition for foundation board members Kelly Greene and Karen Warner.

“The foundation was started in 2008,” Knief said. “Since that time, we have raised over $140,000, contributing $80,000 back to the district. This includes $50,000 to fund innovative teacher/students grants, 10 college scholarships totaling $5,000, and an established principal fund to ensure no student goes without basic necessities.”

“We are truly grateful for the continued support of our generous sponsors and donors,” Knief added. “We recently funded $25,000 to honor the legacy of the late Richard Perry.”

According to the foundation, Perry served the Burlington Central community for more than 40 years as a teacher, principal, volunteer and school board member. He also was instrumental in the creation of the foundation. He served as both vice chairman and chairman during his tenure on the board.

Trivia with a Twist featured a Jimmy Buffett-style, tropical motif. The buffet included burgers, chicken kabobs, salad, beans and brownies. The more than 250 attendees dressed in Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts, sunglasses and sandals. They sat at 30 tables festooned with items such as inflatable parrots and pineapples. They played four rounds of trivia along with other games such as 50/50 and stand up/sit down.

Lloyd Stover, who retired after working for District 301 for 33 years, was one of the trivia contest judges along with Jerry Gately, Glenn Theriault, Mitch Penar and Sharon Hassberger.

“It’s nice to see so many people come together for something other than a sports event or concert,” said Stover. “This event really helps students in the district.”

For more information about the foundation, call (847) 464-6005;

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