September 2, 2014

Arenac Community Funds trivia night raises nearly $5,000

Sherry Barnum
The winning trivia team included Mark Janeczko, Mike Stoner, Dustin Wiess, Dennis Curtis, Connie Manszewski, Robin Wiess, Mary Idzior and Ellen Charlebois.
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Au GRES — About 200 people, most of them donning their thinking caps to answer 100 trivia questions, attended the Arenac Community Funds’ annual trivia night Feb. 22 — an event that raised $4,800 for the ACF scholarship fund.

Garrett Geer, chairman of the Arenac Community Funds, said the attendance and revenue from the event increased from last year, when trivia night had 19 teams and raised $3,200.

“We saw a really nice increase in both the number of teams and the net total for this year’s event,” he said.

The winning team was the Northern Bay Fund and Bay Area Women’s Center team. Second place was the Arenac County Independent, and third place was the Screamin’ Eagles team.

Monies raised include sponsorships fees and other donations, Geer said. All of the revenue goes into the ACF’s scholarship fund, according to Geer.

“This event is dedicated to the scholarship endowment fund, so everything we raise at this event — and that includes sponsorship donations, registration fees, the raffles and games that we do — all of those things contribute to the bottom line for the event,” he said.

Last year the ACF awarded 16 scholarships, Geer said.

“Generally the scholarships are in the vicinity of $500,” he said. “But sometimes it’s higher than that and sometimes it’s lower than that.”

Geer said the scholarships are based on interest accrued on or market changes to investments made with the scholarship fund monies.

“The more we can grow the endowment fund, the more scholarships we can issue, or the higher the dollar amount we can issue as well,” he said.

The ACF is an affiliate of the Bay Area Community Foundation, but Geer said all funds raised for the scholarship fund stay local.

“This supports college bound graduating seniors that qualify, from across Arenac County, only,” he said.

Students can apply for scholarships at the Bay Area Community Foundation website, bayfoundation.org. Trivia night was held at the Au Gres Knights of Columbus hall.

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