October 16, 2009

Firefighters Win 16th Annual Trivia Bee


The Alameda County Firefighters Local 55 team correctly answered all 10 of the last round of questions to win Project Literacy's 16th annual Trivia Bee held on October 16, 2009, at the Marina Community Center. Second place went to Friends of the Library Team #4. Third place went to last year's champions, 24 Desperate Lost Heroes, after a sudden death round against four other teams tied for third place at the end of the last round.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Kurtz read questions for the first round and Leslie Frates, a San Leandro resident and professor who has appeared on the television quiz show Jeopardy 14 times, read questions for the second and third rounds. Kathy Kurtz served as the official time keeper and former Library-Historical Commission member Sue Kleebauer was the emcee. Students from San Leandro High School's Interact club acted as scorekeepers for each of the thirty teams. There were 30 questions in the first round, 20 in the second round and 10 in the last round.

In addition to the Trivia Bee, a raffle featured a flat-screen television, a GPS system, and dozens of other prizes from local businesses and individuals. Funds raised by the Trivia Bee help Project Literacy to provide literacy services to more than 200 adults and 1,500 kids each year.

Thirty teams competed in the annual fundraiser that brings in more than $10,000 each year for Project Literacy. Teams included businesses like State Roofing Systems, the San Leandro Library, Project Literacy, former City Manager John Jermanis family, Mayor Tony Santos, San Leandro Players, the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce, the San Leandro Times, and the San Leandro Police Officers Association.

Mayor Santos and most of the San Leandro City Council were on-hand to present trophies and medals to the top three teams.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at October 16, 2009 11:12 PM | TrackBack

Is that Michael Gregory with a beard back there?

Posted by: Frank at October 18, 2009 8:54 PM

Yes, that's District 1 Councilmember Michael Gregory posing with the winning team. Mayor Tony Santos was also on-hand to congratulate the victors.

Posted by: Mike Katz-Lacabe at October 18, 2009 9:50 PM
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