Submitted by Claudine Wilson
Thirteen teams competed in the Westboro Legion’s Trivia Challenge for Charity on February 28, and after the last of the 100 questions had been asked and answered, the three teams that came out on top had won $600 for their charities.
Team “Banana Stand” took top prize, winning a $300 donation for the Ottawa Food Bank. To reward them for their skill and generosity, the six won back their $50 registration. The other winners were “Jefferson Death Star” ($200 for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) and “For the Puppies” ($100 for the Ottawa Humane Society).
It was the branch’s fourth and most successful tournament, and this was due in part to the involvement of Ottawa Trivia League founder Paul Paquet.
“Having Paul as our quizmaster helped us tremendously,” said branch president Doug Cody. “We doubled the number of participants.”
While the event attracted new players, many familiar faces were back, including Myfanwy Davies, an Ottawa resident who was a recent contestant on Jeopardy. It was a testament to the talent in the room that her team was edged out for third place.
Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs was one of the new faces at the Trivia Challenge. A member of the Camp Misquah team, she looked beyond to the big picture. “We are fortunate to have the Westboro Legion in our community,” she said. “It’s not only a place to come together for fun social events like the trivia challenge but also a place that cares and contributes to the community.”
The 66 players shared that spirit. They wanted to win for their causes but also were out to have fun. That showed in their team names. In fact, if there had been a prize for most creative one, the Snidely Whiplashes probably would have won it.