Buchanan Area Chamber of Commerce to host second annual fundraiser

BUCHANAN — Tables are still available for teams of people looking to put their trivia skills to the test and support a community cause.

The second annual Bucktown Trivia Night will take place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Buchanan Area Senior Center, 810 Rynearson St. Those who participate will have a chance to eat a prepared dinner and socialize before trivia begins at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Buchanan Area Chamber of Commerce.

The cost to participate is $150 per team of eight or $20 per person. A cash bar will be available for the purchase of alcoholic beverages. There have been 16 out of 20 tables reserved so far. Participants must be 21 and older to play trivia. 

The winning team will not only have the glory of feeling the most knowledgeable, they will also be awarded a $250 cash prize, said Carol Carroll, the chamber’s executive director.

Carroll was selected to lead the chamber as executive director earlier this year. She heard from other chamber members what a success last year’s inaugural trivia event was. With trivia popularity also bringing together people of all ages, Carroll said the chamber thought it would a great event to continue this year.

“There is demand for trivia,” Carroll said. “It is a great way to get people out of the house in the winter. It is something to look forward to.”

Carroll encouraged teams to get into the spirit and dress up in a theme if they choose. Last year, several teams dressed in vintage clothing or donned Buchanan school team colors of maroon and white.

This year’s event will be emceed by Stacey Carlin, a chamber member, and Matt Money, a Buchanan resident and avid trivia player. The emcees will guide players through 10 rounds of trivia. Tie breaker questions will be utilized should two teams end up with the same score.

Carroll said proceeds from the event help to support events that the chamber puts on each year, such as White Saturday, where dozens of local businesses offer deals to shoppers following Black Friday.

Carroll thanked the Buchanan Senior Center for partnering with the chamber and supplying a place to host the event.

Carroll added that there is always an opportunity for people to get involved and join the chamber for $30 per person. People who are interested do not have to be business owners to get involved or get benefits from being part of the chamber. Members get to express input on the chamber’s involvement and feel like they are helping their Buchanan community, Carroll said.

Those interested in signing up for trivia must register by Monday, Feb. 12. Registration forms are available online at buchanan.mi.us.

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