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Hive mentality – Kiwanis fundraiser bee returns as trivia match

Silvertonian, Bob Holowati, buzzing with enthusiasm at the 2019 spelling bee. The fundraiser, supporting Dolly Parton Imagination Library programs in Silverton, returns in 2023 as a trivia bee.   Courtesy Silverton Kiwanis
Silvertonian, Bob Holowati, buzzing with enthusiasm at the 2019 spelling bee. The fundraiser, supporting Dolly Parton Imagination Library programs in Silverton, returns in 2023 as a trivia bee. Courtesy Silverton Kiwanis

By James Day

Silverton’s best fact-filled teams will battle it out for a good cause Friday, March 10 at the First Christian Church.

That night at 6 p.m. the Silverton Kiwanis’ fundraising Trivia Bee will be held, with the bulk of the funds raised going to the Silver Falls Library’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library program.

The event also will benefit the Silverton Pet Parade, Letters to Santa, swim lessons for third-graders and scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

The Parton program, which began in 1995, aims to boost childhood literacy. Approximately 200 kids, from infants through age five, are involved in the Silver Falls program, said library director Christy Davis. Each participant in the program receives an age-appropriate book sent directly to their home.

The Silverton Kiwanis held a spelling bee fundraiser for the Parton program in 2019, the program’s first year in Silverton. No events have been held since because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Silverton Elks Lodge assisting with grants to keep the Parton program funded.

The benefit is a team event, with 15 groups battling for the championship. Davis noted that early registration included teams named La Triviata, the Malted Mead Masters and Schrodinger’s Tacocat.

Audience members can participate by playing trivia and winning prizes, buying points for your favorite teams during selected rounds, voting for best team name and team theme and the chance to bid on silent and live auction items including wine and desserts.

As of Our Town presstime there remained openings for two more trivia teams. Call Davis (541-331-1897) or Lisa Santana (503-930-7793) if you are interested. 

First Christian Church is located at 402 N. First St. in Silverton. Doors open at 6 p.m., the program starts at 6:30 p.m., and the evening is set to wind up at about 9 p.m. 

Tickets are $25 in advance at BST Realty, Silver Falls Library, Silverton Chamber of Commerce or through any Kiwanis member. Tickets at the door will be $30.

There will be appetizers served, as well as a cash bar. 

For more information, go to silvertonkiwanis.org.

“It’s going to be a spectacle,” said Davis, “with lots of fun.”

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