Literacy Volunteers of Rochester held its 12th annual Brain Game competition on Oct. 11. With 15 teams signed up to participate in the live trivia competition, the event generated a net profit of $22,000 to support LVR’s one-on-one tutoring program that helps hundreds of adults gain literacy skills each year.
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP supported the event as a gold sponsor, and had a team of four attorneys participate in the competition. In round one, the HS&E team prevailed over the Harris Beach PLLC team. In rounds 2 and 3, D4 LLC and Underberg & Kessler LLP succumbed to the Harter Secrest panel of four. The final round put Chamberlain D’Amanda (three-time winner of Brain Game in prior years) against the Harter Secrest team. In the end, it was a strategic wager by Harter Secrest that gave them the victory, after both teams selected the incorrect answer from a multiple choice question.
The Wolford Law Firm participated in the competition for the first time this year, and they were pitted against Insero & Co., whose team was defeated in the next round by Boylan Code LLP. Other teams participating included Lacy Katzen LLP; Brighton Securities; Thomson Reuters; St. John Fisher College; Nixon Peabody LLP; and Bond Schoeneck & King.
Questions for the contest are created in advance by a dedicated team of volunteers, and trivia categories this year included: crackers, Rochester culture, Olympics, RBJ, Rochester movie people, cars, public market, up river/down river, social media, Rochester authors, mythology and astronomy. WHEC’s news team Rebecca Leclair and Rich Caniglia served as emcees, while WHEC General Manager Derek Dalton was the official timekeeper. Brighton Town Court Judge Karen Morris served as honorary judge and helped to clarify a moment of uncertainty after a tie-breaker.
LVR’s Executive Director Bob Mahar said he was pleased with the turnout for the event.
— Photos by Soudan Photography