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Trivia Schmivia competition not trivial to District 301 as fundraiser

Unnecessary Roughness team members are (from left) LisMariani Amy Lomas Roger Sheri Greenhagel Heather Scott McConnaughay Shane Peg O'Neill. |

Unnecessary Roughness team members are (from left) Lisa Mariani, Amy Lomas, Roger and Sheri Greenhagel, Heather and Scott McConnaughay, and Shane and Peg O'Neill. | Denise Moran~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 13, 2012 10:19AM

ELGIN — Small bits of information made a big difference Saturday night at the fifth annual Trivia Schmivia competition to benefit the 301 Central Education Foundation.

A crowd of 200 teachers, administrators and residents of Central Community Unit School District 301 came to the Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Ave., to participate in the foundation’s event.

According to Thomas Knief, vice chairman of the foundation and vice president of commercial banking at Old Second National Bank in Elgin, 100 percent of the total of $15,000 raised will go to school grants and overall school initiatives.

“I would like to thank the many donors for their generosity,” Knief said Sunday. “Our goal is to distribute $120,000 to the district by the year 2020. With the success of last night, we should exceed that goal. Trivia Schmivia is a great opportunity to support our schools and ultimately enhance the education that our children receive.”

“We thank all of you for coming tonight,” said District 301 Superintendent Todd Stirn. “The foundation has done great things for the district. I would also like to say thank you, teachers and parents, for all that you do for our children.”

In keeping with this year’s “Tailgate” theme, the menu included hot dogs, brats, sloppy joes, and popcorn along with different desserts.

Contestants sat at tables of eight and worked together to come up with answers to trivia questions. Teams such as Crosstown United had all of its players dressed in either Chicago Cubs or Chicago White Sox apparel.

“This is the only time that the Sox and Cubs are working toward a common goal,” joked Crosstown United team member Deirdre White, parent of a District 301 student.

When the nonprofit foundation began in 2008, it allocated five grants totaling $2,500 to supplement or create programs in the district’s schools.

The amounts awarded by the foundation to the district in the following years were: 13 grants totaling $6,500 in 2009; $11,500 in grants in 2010; and $9,000 in grants in 2011.

In 2012, the foundation awarded $13,000 in 14 school grants. The foundation also assisted with the completion of the district’s global wireless initiative by providing an additional $12,000.

In May, the foundation hosted a districtwide Harlem Wizard basketball fundraising game at Central High School near Burlington.

The foundation also has given two $500 scholarships every year to two Central High School seniors.

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