I must applaud the efforts of Kevin Callahan, manager of Honda of Jasper and Hyundai of Jasper. Kevin is an active member of the local Rotary Club and has spearheaded the Trivia Night effort since moving to town a few years ago.
“The reason we do Trivia Night is it’s a great fundraiser that helps our club fund scholarships for local seniors and grants for local nonprofits,” says Callahan, who brought the idea to Jasper when he moved here from Memphis.
“We used to do Trivia Nights in Memphis so it was a proven success. Whether you have four tables, 12 tables or 20 tables, the expenses associated with it never increase,” he adds. “As it grows, the net (profit) grows.”
It has certainly been a proven success here. Fourteen teams participated in the first Trivia Night in 2011. Last year there were 19 teams and Friday night’s event featured 27 teams.
“It’s a lot of fun; a lot of camaraderie for the business community,” Callahan adds.
Retired judge Larry Lapkovitch emceed the event in his typical spirited way. He had the more than 250 attendees in stitches with his one-liners and other shenanigans.
I cannot proclaim victory for the Daily Mountain Eagle team, but we did finish 19th out of 27 teams. We correctly answered 54 of 100 trivia questions. Next year our goal is to make the top 10.
The winning team was named “Freudian Slips” and represented the Behavioral Medicine Unit at Walker Baptist Medical Center. The geeks correctly answered 77 of 100 questions. They received the Big Brain Award.
The Small Brain Award for the lowest score of the night was awarded to…. OK, I won’t go there out of fear that I may fall victim to the old adage, “What goes around comes around.” We’ll just keep it our little secret.
The “Mad Scientists” team, or “Meth Heads” as penned by Lapkovitch, was awarded the coveted best table decoration award. Members represented First Bank of Jasper and the Walker County Community Foundation.
Meanwhile, kudos to the Rotary Club of Jasper for an eventful evening that will result in goodwill throughout our community.
Jack McNeely is publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle and can be contacted by phone at 205-221-2840 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.