By Tom Bode, President
The 2015 WSI Holiday Trivia Fundraiser was a huge success. Fifty people came out on a rainy Monday night to Radio Room Bar in NE Portland to play trivia and support WSI. In all, over $1,700 was raised to support WSI students – enough to pay the annual costs of two students! At this event, longtime supporters mingled with new, and everyone got a chance to learn more about the mission of WSI. Generosity and holiday cheer were as plentiful as the food and drink.
Shortly after 7pm, the trivia game started. Two hours and forty-one questions later, the winning team received a prize basket that included Starbucks gift cards and google-eye glasses. They also got bragging rights. For those who didn’t come, here’s a sample question: What is the name of the little girl who sees the Grinch stealing presents on Christmas Eve?
When players weren’t testing their trivia prowess, they had a chance to support WSI by purchasing raffle tickets or merchandise. A variety of artwork featuring pictures of Kenyan wildlife were for sale, generously produced and donated by an esteemed WSI supporter. These included coasters, photograph prints on canvas, and notecards.
As the night ended, raffle tickets were drawn for twenty lucky winners. Local business donated several prizes, for which we are very grateful: a Christmas Wreath, by Wreaths on Fleek, a gift card to Finnegan’s Toy Store, and passes to Laurelhurst Theater. Radio Room Bar also donated a portion of the night’s sales to WSI.
The WSI board of directors is grateful to everyone who came for their emotional and financial support of our mission. This community event showed that teamwork and generosity can come together to accomplish amazing things.
Happy holidays, everyone!