Stewart Memorial will raise money with trivia

LAKE CITY – An area hospital looking to raise money for equipment has turned to a unique fundraiser that allows participants to show off their knowledge.

Stewart Memorial Community Hospital’s trivia night, which is being planned with the help of the hospital auxiliary, will be held on Feb. 8.

Mary Ludwig, the hospital’s director of marketing, development and volunteers, said there are two projects for which the hospital wants to use the funds.

“The first is for a blanket warmer, which will be used for the inpatient unit at Stewart Memorial,” Ludwig said. “The second is for digital X-ray equipment for our outlying clinics, which include Rockwell City, Lake View and Gowrie. The digital X-ray equipment allows us to provide a lot, but the greatest benefit is greater turnaround for results to give to our patients.”

This will be the first time the hospital has done the trivia night fundraiser.

“One of our auxiliary members attended what we call an auxiliary summer gathering up in Orange City about two summers ago,” Ludwig said. “The Orange City hospital was doing this event as a fundraiser and we decided we would give it a whirl too.”

The hospital’s goal is to have 30 teams participating with eight people per team.

“Ticket sales are steady, and we still have tickets available,” she said. “Anybody can participate. You don’t even need to be as smart as a fifth grader.”

Anyone who wants to participate is welcome to sign up, according to Ludwig.

Tickets are $20, which includes the cost of dinner, and they will be sold until Feb. 6.

Ludwig added there will be opportunities for teams to earn points without trivia.

“People can earn extra points by having their teams dress alike or come in costume, whether they come with funny wigs or everybody dresses in a cowboy shirt,” she said. “You can also do karaoke to get some points.”

There will also be games such as Dead or Alive, where photos of celebrities are shown and teams have to correctly guess whether they are still living or not, and a game of true or false questions.

“We are also having some silent auction items,” Ludwig said. “Some items that will be auctioned off are a carriage ride, gift certificates to local restaurants and golf packages.”

The hospital is looking forward to the event, she said.

“We’re really excited about it,” she said. “It’s something fun and different to do in the community, and it’ll help raise money at the same time.”