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Trivia Night Returning for Second Year at O'Fallon's Civic Hall

O'Fallon Chamber of Commerce chooses "Through the Years" for its event theme.

The has a few questions for you.

And some cash prizes if you get them right. The organization is gearing up for its trivia night later this week.

“The theme is ‘Through the Years,’ so it’s a lot of fun trivia from all different decades,” said Laura Badolato, director of member services. “We’re really hoping to appeal to participants of all age categories.”

According to the organization’s most recent Monday memo, only two tables remain for the event, which will feature 10 rounds of trivia with 10 questions in each round. Cash prizes will be available at the end of the evening with the $160 fee for a table of eight, which covers entry as well as beer and soda. Participants are welcome to bring their own snacks. Special games, drawings, door prizes and a silent auction will occur as well. A prize will be given for the best-decorated table.

It’s the second year for the annual event. In 2010, the trivia night sold only 12 tables, but this year almost all of the 25 available group slots have been spoken for.

“If there is an individual in the community who would like to participate, they can pay an individual fee of $20, and we’ll place them on a table,” Badolato said.

Proceeds from the event go to support the chamber.

“All of our fundraising events help keep our membership dues low so that all businesses in our community can afford our services,” Badolato said.

Some people are returnees to the event after last year. John Glenn, a Dardenne Prairie resident, said he will once again purchase a table for himself, his wife and a some of her former co-workers from a previous job.

“If we don’t get together for that, we have a hard time getting to see each other,” he said.

Glenn said it’s not just a fun way to connect with old friends but also allows him to make new ones. He said he has done a number of trivia events throughout the years and found this one to rank near the top.

“I had a great time,” he said. “It’s a good, wholesome night out and it’s a chance to network in a different setting.”

Badolato said table sales have been brisk after the program’s inaugural year, and she hopes it will be a sellout.

“We were definitely looking to gain that momentum, and we think we might be there,” she said.

Glenn, who is vice president of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Tri-County Division, said he felt it was important to support community groups such as  his organization, and he felt the same way about the chamber.

“People need us,” he said. “They need all of us to do what we can in the community. If we have a strong business base, then we have an opportunity for people to improve upon their philanthropy and raise their quality of life in the community.”

The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce Trivia Night will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Civic Hall, 305 Civic Park Dr. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Call 636-240-1818 for more information.

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