(Moncton, January 18, 2018) – Registration is now open for an annual event guaranteed to spice up your winter: YMCA’s Battle of the Brains trivia event in support of the ReConnect Street Intervention Program.
“This event really puts the ‘fun’ in fundraising,” says Bonnie MacFadyen, vice-president of Philanthropy and Volunteer Development at the local Y. “Battle of the Brains is an awesome evening of trivia mixed with a lot of laughs—all for a good cause—the perfect recipe for a night out with friends, neighbours or co-workers. We’re hoping for a banner number of teams this year.”
The YMCA’s 17th annual Battle of the Brains trivia challenge takes place at the War Veterans Avenue facility at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Teams of four to six players will vie for the trivia championship, which includes a coveted, wrestling-style championship belt.
During the friendly competition, teams collectively answer questions – audio and visual – on a range of topics from sports to geography. Each team's performance is scored by a panel of judges and a referee is on hand to ensure a fair contest.
Proceeds from Battle of the Brains go to the YMCA’s ReConnect Street Intervention Program, which helps local families and individuals battle homelessness. Since 2001, ReConnect has provided short-term and long-term assistance to youth and adults who are homeless or at-risk of being homeless, all in an effort to increase their knowledge of available resources, such as food, clothing, shelter, education, employment and counselling, and to provide support in accessing those resources
A total of 21 teams and 126 participants took part in the 2017 edition of Battle of the Brains. The Resurgonauts, a team from the City of Moncton’s Resurgo Place, won top spot, defeating past champions, IGT Slot Jockeys, who had won for the previous three years.
Each Battle of the Brains team is required to pay a registration fee of $600. Pledge forms for the March event are available at the YMCA.
Since 2002, more than $150,000 has been raised through the event, with all funds going to YMCA initiatives such as Reconnect.
Event sponsors for the 2018 Battle of the Brains include New Country 96.9 FM, C103 and Inspiration Design. Supporters include Sonic Image Audio Visual, Bob Lee Productions and Sobeys Vaughan Harvey.