Last week was National Crime Victims’ Rights Week which ended in the St. Louis area with a Trivia Night. The Probation and Parole office located on S. Jefferson in St. Louis organized the 7th annual event and the amount of money raised was staggering.
This year’s Trivia Night had a new look. Out was the guy who had, for the last three years or so, written the questions and emceed the event. Shawn Bilant from The Big 550 KTRS took the mike and did a fantastic job with the questions.
The silent auction items were mind-blowing and included a picnic basket with two bottles of wine and over $80 in gift certificates as well as a signed baseball by St. Louis Cardinal center fielder Colby Rasmus. Local merchants like Joey B’s restaurant and Mound City Shell Nut donated items for the silent auction. The Gateway Grizzlies and St. Louis Cardinals donated baseball tickets. Even ABinBev pitched in to help.
Victims of Crime, with the help of donations, can get the help they need. The OVC (Office for Victims of Crime) has a mission “to enhance the Nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. OVC accomplishes its mission in many different ways:
- Administering the Crime Victims Fund.
- Supporting direct services.
- Providing training programs.
- Sponsoring demonstration projects.
- Producing publications of promising practices in victim services.”
But TRIVIA was the name of the game and it was one fun night. There is a trick to a good trivia night. The questions have to be fun, but there need to be a few tough ones to separate the men from the boys. The first question of the night under the St. Louis category was: St. Louis Cardinal Lance Berkman last played for what team? Well, the answer was New York Yankees, but some answered Houston Astros, the team Berkman spent the majority of his career with.
The highlight of the night came in the final round: Finish the Lyric. By the tenth round, tables that are out of contention tend to lose focus. Not at this trivia night. Everybody sang. Even if they were singing the answers, they didn’t care. It was fun to hear a gym full of people singing “American Pie” and “Piano Man” after the music had cut out. The eighth question was to finish the lyric from “Party in the USA”. And that’s when everyone got a show. A gentleman at one of the tables in the back of the gym stood up, lip-synced the words, and danced like he was on American Bandstand. It was ah-ma-zing. He was given a standing ovation when the music cut out.
All-in-all, it was a great Trivia Night. Not for just the team that took the top prize but for the organizers as well as the victims.
And that staggering sum of money I talked about… Almost $13,000 was raised for Crime Victims.
I’d call that a BIG WIN.