Like movies and TV? Compete in trivia contest

Dundee Township's New Friends and Neighbors group is teaming up with the public's love of movies and television shows to benefit the local FISH Food Pantry.

Members are looking for neighbors who want to compete in their annual trivia contest on Friday, Nov. 3, to see how much they know about one of the nation's favorite pastimes.

This year's competition theme is "Hooray for Hollywood," and teams of two to eight people will answer questions about shows that have captivated viewers for decades. Players also are urged to go further, said Nancy Miles, the group's treasurer.

"People can come dressed as their favorite movie and television characters," she said.

Even better, team members can compete while dressed as Sheldon, Leonard or Howard from the show, "The Big Bang Theory" or as Hawkeye, Trapper, or (Max) Klinger from the television show, "M*A*S*H."

Team members, 18 years of age and older, will pay $25 each to compete and dine on a pasta dinner before the contest. Also, they and spectators will have a chance to win prizes from raffles that will be held during the night.

The contest will be held at Randall Oaks Golf Course, along Randall Road. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the contest will begin an hour later.

"A portion of the proceeds from the raffles, including the 50/50 will be given to the (Carpentersville-based) food pantry," said Nikki Kuhlman, co-chairperson of the New Friends and Neighbors group. "We decided FISH would be the benefactor because it needs not only food, but money. Every dollar donated goes a long way because FISH buys some of its (perishable) food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank."

This is the fifth year the group has held a trivia contest. In the past, FISH volunteers have benefited from ticket sales as well as other events the New Friends and Neighbors has staged. Miles estimated she and her colleagues have donated about $20,000 in the last 10 years.

"Trivia night has become popular for us. We've donated $4,000 for one night," she said. "We're hoping from 80 to 90 people will participate this year."

People who want to compete in the trivia contest but are not members of a team will be assigned to one, Kuhlman said.

Monetary donations are always needed at FISH. This year, though, they are needed more because the volunteers are renovating a larger portion of the Meadowdale Shopping Center for their pantry.

More space is needed to keep up with the demand for free food for residents of Carpentersville, East and West Dundee, Sleepy Hollow and a portion of Algonquin, FISH President Mary Graziano has said.

"There's such an ongoing need for community support (for the pantry)," Miles said.

The New Friends and Neighbors organization welcomes members and families who have recently moved into Dundee Township. They help them become better acquainted with local services and businesses.

The pantry is open from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday Wednesday and Friday; and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday. For information, call (847) 428-4357.

To register your team, send an email to Nikki Kuhlman at or call her at (847) 404-3765.

Players at the NFN Trivia Night are encouraged to dress in costume. Last year's emcees for the evening were Lady Liberty (Nikki Kuhlman) and Uncle Sam (Dan Biggins). Courtesy of New Friends and Neighbors of the Dundee Area
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