Thirty teams of up to eight brainiacs flexed their collective mental muscles at the Council Bluffs Country Club on Saturday, October 8th for the 5th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands’ “Trivia Buffs of the Bluffs” fundraising competition.
With the help of existing donors and new supporters, Trivia Buffs of the Bluffs, raised, more than $50,000 for the metro area Clubs to continue to provide a safe nurturing environment for our youth.
This year the event honored Ted and Polly Hoff for their long time support to the Boys & Girls Clubs and commitment to the entire community. Ted was a former Southwest Iowa Board of Trustees president and has watched the Council Bluffs Club grow from a small office to the building on the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus.
Teams dressed up in their best Casino Royale James Bond themed attire and competed in the “Best Dressed” contest. The evening kicked off with a photo booth, music and a buffet-style dinner with cocktails.
Our celebrity guest host, Shawnte Passmore, KMTV’s morning reporter, took the teams through nine rounds of trivia. The night included a live and silent auction, as well as raise-the paddle.
“Trivia Buffs of the Bluffs is one of our two annual fundraisers and is becoming more popular every year,” Barry Cleaveland, Southwest Iowa Board of Trustees President said. “Everyone has a lot of fun dressing up and studying for our theme – this year Casino Royale – and trying to be the team that takes home the travelling winner’s trophy. It is very heartwarming to know that so many in the metro will come together to support a great cause.”
There’s nothing trivial about the important cause this is all supporting. Each day after school youth ages 5 to 18 visit the H. H. “Red” and Ruth H. Nelson Council Bluffs Club on the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus and the Henry Ogram Carter Lake Club to get the homework help they need, share a hot meal with friends and find support and encouragement from the caring staff.
At the Clubs, kids play sports, create works of art, serve the community and learn about careers, college and finances. Club also have a chance to enjoy themselves with field trips and cultural activities – all of this for a membership fee of only $30 per year! Brandon McMiller, BGCM’s Youth of the Year shared his story and Club experience at the event.
Thank you to this year’s “Royal Flush” sponsors, Black Hills Energy, Doll Distributing, First National Bank, Ted & Polly Hoff and Truck Center Companies.