Annual Burbank Trivia Challenge Raises Funds For Literacy

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The popular Burbank Trivia Challenge returns on September 4, bringing many facets of the diverse Burbank community together. The event raises much-needed funds to benefit the Burbank Public Library’s Literacy Department.

While spectator tickets may be purchased up to the day of the Challenge, teams should register in advance. Team registration and advertising submissions for the program booklet are due Friday, August 22.

The Walt Disney Company, NBC Universal, Warner Brothers and The Cartoon Network have fielded teams in past competitions, along with many other businesses and organizations. The Trivia Challenge typically draws hundreds of attendees from the city.

“During the past year, Burbank Public Library’s Literacy Program has helped more than 50 adults improve their lives by providing free one-on-one tutoring, enabling them to find employment, pass the GED test and even help their children with homework,” commented BPL Literacy Librarian Jennifer Dance.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“This year’s featured Adult New Reader, Guillermo, entered our program in September 2012, at the age of 29, unemployed and reading below eighth grade level,” she said. “Through extraordinary hard work with his tutor, Sandra, he is now reading just below twelfth grade level. He improved four grade levels in just over a year, is now enrolled at Glendale Community College and has a part-time job.”

The event generally raises $10,000 to $15,000 for the Literacy Program, providing workbooks, reading materials and other supplemental resources for adult learners and their tutors, added Dance.

“The fundraiser is usually held in the spring, but California Library Literacy Services, which also funds the Literacy Program in Burbank, is celebrating 30 years of library literacy, and asked us to move our event to September,” explained Dance.

The City of Burbank will be awarding the Burbank Public Library a proclamation naming September Adult Literacy Awareness Month to coincide with the Trivia Challenge.

Last year, the BPL tried a Spelling Bee event, but has brought back the Trivia Challenge due to popular demand.

Master of Ceremonies for this year’s Challenge will be Jack O’Neill, a favorite from several past competitions. Previous emcees have included ABC’s Stephanie Edwards, NBC’s Fritz Coleman and The View’s Sherri Shepherd.

“Since this is my first year as Literacy Librarian, this event is a brand new experience for me,” added Dance. “I never attended past Trivia Challenges, so I’m working hard to create an evening that will be fun for all of the guests while also honoring the courage and commitment of the adults who participate in our program.”

“I hope that, at the end of the evening, attendees will have enjoyed themselves and will spread the word about the free services that we are providing,” she also said.

The Trivia Challenge 2014 will be held at the Ritz Banquet Hall at St. Leon’s Cathedral at 3325 N. Glenoaks Boulevard. The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. and include a buffet, no host bar, silent auction and door prizes, in addition to the main event, along with an appearance by the library’s mascot, Dewey.

Tickets will be available for purchase at Central Library at 110 N. Glenoaks Boulevard for $25 up until September 3 or at the door for $30 on the day of the event. Teams and interested advertisers should contact 818-238-5577. More information can be found on the BPL’s website.

UMe Schools