(Moncton, March 21, 2017) – ‘The Resurgonauts’—a team from the City of Moncton’s Resurgo Place—took top spot at Saturday’s Battle of the Brains, an annual trivial challenge held in support of the YMCA of Greater Moncton.
“It was a close fight with just a one point difference in the end between the Resurgonauts and defending champs IGT Slot Jockeys, who had won for the past three years,” says Bonnie MacFadyen, Vice-President of Philanthropy and Volunteer Development at the YMCA of Greater Moncton.
A total of $10,500 was raised in this year’s Battle of the Brains, with $150,000 collected through the event since it began in 2002. All money raised goes to the YMCA’s ReConnect Street Intervention Program.
“We sincerely appreciate the fantastic effort by teams in terms of their participation and fundraising, and the amazing community support we have for this event every year,” says MacFadyen.
Hosted once again by the City of Moncton’s Director of Economic Development, Kevin Silliker, this year’s Brains’ contest saw 21 teams comprised of a total of 126 participants compete for bragging rights and a coveted, wrestling-style championship belt.
The winning team was made up of James Upham, Joanne Duguay, Brenda Orr, Lynne Post, Lawren Campbell, and Cathrine Fulton.
During this year’s 10-round competition, teams collectively answered questions on a wide range of topics from music to famous historic battles to pop culture. Each team's performance was scored by a panel of judges. Judges included New Country 96.9 FM host Shilo Bellis; YMCA Foundation Board Member Alan MacLellan; Kevin Gallant, Manager of Sobeys, Vaughan Harvey; and Kim Gallant, Chair of the YMCA’s Board of Directors.
Employees from area businesses as well as groups of friends and neighbors made up teams at this year’s competition. Among the corporate groups were those from IGT, Tangerine, the City of Moncton, Asurion, Pepsi, Moneris, Concentrix, Omista, NBCC, New Country 96.9 FM, C103, Bingham Law, Nav Canada, and Probation Services. A non-corporate team called the Academic Assassins returned this year and have participated in every Brains’ Battle since its inception.
Event sponsors included New Country 96.9 FM, C103, and Inspiration Design. Supporters included Sonic Image Audio Visual, Bob Lee Productions, and Sobeys Vaughan Harvey.
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