Support the Greenwich Alliance for Education. Form a Team for the Trivia Challenge.

trivia challengeRound up your smartest friends and try to beat the competition at the Greenwich Alliance for Education’s Trivia Challenge!

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the nonprofit Greenwich Alliance for Education is having a night of dinner, trivia, and fun on May 7 at First Presbyterian Church.

“This will be a fun night—you can bring anyone from high-school-age on up,” said Julie Faryniarz, Executive Director of the Alliance.

  • The event is intended to be welcoming and dress is casual.
  • The competition is entirely team play, so no one will be on the spot to answer a question.
  • There will be medals for the winning team and a prize for the best team name.

The Greenwich Alliance for Education was founded by local parents and leaders in 2006 with the mission of offering Greenwich Public School students additional opportunities for success.

storymobileThe Alliance funds the Storymobile which, unfortunately was squashed by a giant falling tree in last weekend’s wind storm. All the more reason to support the Alliance by signing up a team for the Trivia Challenge! The Storymobile is important in bringing early literacy enrichment to hundreds of preschoolers each month.

Tuning In To Music, which provides free instrument lessons to 70 Greenwich Public Schools students each year, and a granting system which has awarded over $800,000 for programs including AVID and GHS Innovation Lab.

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Innovation Lab students Fjolla, Grayson, and Julia with teacher Brian Walach at Bruce Museum, Feb. 2, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

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James Bonney explains his project at the Innovation Lab exhibit at Bruce Museum, Feb. 2, 2015 credit: Leslie Yager

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 9.24.03 PMGreenwich Schools Superintendent Dr. McKersie praised the Alliance, describing it as an essential philanthropic partner.

“Last year we awarded nearly $100,000 in grants to benefit Greenwich Public School students, in addition to our ongoing Storymobile and music programs,” said Jane Hentemann, chair of the Alliance, adding that this month the Alliance received new grant requests totaling over $470,000.

“We also continue to support our former AVID students who are now in college,” Hentemann said. “This year these students were short over $190,000 for college even with all their scholarships and loans, and we will have more AVID students graduating in June and each following year.”

AVID graduationHentemann said AVID students  will always need help with tuition and expenses, which means the organization is constantly fundraising and looking for support.

The Trivia Challenge on May 7 should go a long way toward furthering Greenwich Alliance’s fundraising efforts.

Greenwich Alliance board member Marlene Gilbert is organizing the Trivia Challenge. She said participants will be sitting at tables of eight for dinner – one team per table.

“People can sign up with friends as a group of eight,” Gilbert said. “Or if you’re signing up by yourself or with a smaller group, we’ll sit you together with others to form a table.”

After the buffet dinner, there will be six rounds of trivia. There will also be an online auction starting two weeks before the trivia competition, and continue at the event.

Gilbert said organizers are currently looking for sponsors and silent auction items.

“Any individual or company who can sponsor the Trivia Challenge or donate an auction item please let us know,” Gilbert said. “It’s going to be fun and we hope to make it an annual event!”

Potential sponsors or auction item donors should contact Executive Director Julie Faryniarz at [email protected].

Not a sponsor, but still want to support the Alliance and play trivia? Tickets can be purchased online here.

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