Quiz master and animal rights activist Ann Ghezzi is hanging up her thinking cap and putting her brain teasers aside as a regular quiz setter. She will be hosting her last regular pub quiz for the Cayman Islands Humane Society at Fidel Murphy’s on Sept. 17.
A well-known face on the local quiz circuit, Ghezzi, who also fielded teams in other local quizzes, first started her “career” five years ago when she set up a monthly pub quiz for Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts (CARE).
Still a popular evening attracting a dozen or more teams of six, according to CARE director Lesley Agostinelli, the quizzes, while entertaining, play a vitally important role in income generation.
“Our quiz nights raise funds for animal welfare projects within the community and our free spay and neuter program,” she said.
“Ann is a dedicated and committed animal lover who will do anything in her power to help the animals in need. She took it upon herself to organize and host the quiz nights for CARE to raise much-needed funds so we could continue making a difference.
“Since conception, over $32,000 has been raised over the past five years through the ‘first Wednesday in every month … quiz night,’” the director added.
Since then Ghezzi has moved on to set the questions and be one of the quiz masters for the monthly Cayman Islands Humane Society, though she has been known to step in and host the CARE quiz at PD’s occasionally.
Comprising two picture rounds, a trivia round and several specialist rounds, the nights attract teams including the inventively named Super Broccoli, Quizlamic State and the Pheasant Pluckers.
“Ann came to us in the early days of the quizzes,” said the Humane Society’s director, Lesley Walker. “Since [she] joined us, we’ve raised US$37,000.”
Longtime team member of Scotch on the Rocks (originally formed by a group of Scottish nurses in Cayman), Karen Perkins said, “I really enjoy Ann’s quiz nights.
They’re only $10 a head and you know that every last cent of that is going to directly help the dogs … They’re a great way of catching up with all your friends for some fun and banter. And, if you buy raffle tickets, you can win prizes while knowing it’s all for a good cause.”
The Humane Society quiz raises approximately $800 to a $1,000 at each quiz night.
“The quizzes were started in early 2012 to provide a regular source of income for transfers of dogs to New York and to Florida shelters … and to meet the costs of our spay/neuter programs and our vets costs, which include heartworm treatments, surgeries and medication,” Walker added.
Dogs are now sent to shelters in New York and Connecticut.