A pub quiz organized by Professionals for Hope recently proved to be fun and educational, but more importantly, raised funds for the renovation of Maple House, the facility for mentally and/or physically handicapped young people.
Teams of four to six people from many of the island’s professional firms participated in the event held recently at Fidel Murphy’s, said a press release. Contestants had to answer questions and identify photographs, company logos and even musical pieces.
‘Our first fundraising event was a tremendous success with 14 enthusiastic teams competing in a trivia challenge,’ said Professional for Hope fundraising leader David Stewart. ‘We supported Professionals for Hope by raising CI$1,790 for Maple House and we all learned things like the only three English words beginning with the letters dw are dwarf, dwell and dwindle.’
The law firm Conyer’s Dill and Pearman won the event, with a team from the Appleby law firm coming in a close second. The winners took home half a case of wine donated by Tattersall Imports.
Professionals for Hope chairperson Joan Dowling explained to the participants that Professionals for Hope have two main objectives with the Maple House project.
‘First, our goal is providing assistance to those in need who appear to have somehow been forgotten by society,’ she said. ‘Second, we want to remind the community that every person has value and those who are disabled and their caregivers have a very special place in our society. There is so much we can learn from them.’
Four of the Maple House staff members attended the event as well. Ms Dowling encouraged the quiz participants to ask the staff members any questions they had about Maple House. She also encouraged the contestants to visit the facility.
‘The staff and residents love having visitors,’ she said.
Besides the prize for the winning team, participants were also able to win individual prizes by answering spot questions. Those prizes included gift certificates at Ristorante Pappagallo and Copper Falls, a magnum of champagne donated by Jacques Scott, helicopter rides on Cayman Helicopters, memberships at King’s Gym and a round-trip ticket to any Cayman Airways destination.
With the money raised at the pub quiz, Professionals for Hope are now nearly three-quarters of the way to raising the CI$60,000 needed to make the renovations to Maple House and buying the needed new furniture.
Anyone wishing to donate funds or time to the project should contact Ms Dowling on 814-4821.