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On the Town: Networking event ties in community service

More than 40 people showed up for the trivia event.

More than 40 people showed up for the trivia event.

The Young Lawyers Section of the Monroe County Bar Association combined a Trivia Night event with its community service — collecting food for the Open Door Mission and selling raffle tickets to generate funds for future charitable projects.

Those bringing canned goods to Wall Street Grill on Nov. 13 automatically got an extra point — without even answering the first trivia question. Since most teams were made up of five players, that meant a team could gain five points just because they remembered to bring a donation.

And the five points might have been important after six rounds of eight trivia questions each. Sample question: On a standard Monopoly board, what are the two symbols for the utilities? (One point each.) Another example: Only one U.S. state borders each of these 3 Canadian providences; for one point each, match state to providence A) Yukon Territory; B) New Brunswick; C) Alberta.

The team with the most points at the end of the night called themselves the Brain Gamers (team 9), with Janet Horne, Carey Ann Denefrio, Curtis Johnson and Leah Tarantino.

Team 1, consisting of Amanda Burns, Ashleigh Burrows, Ryan McDonald, Frances Kabat and Mengyi Melle Xu, came in second.

AppealTech sponsored the event Wende Knapp, chair of YLS, helped organize the event along with MCBA liaison Merritt Smith. YLS Chair-elect Jen Lunsford was on hand to announce the raffle drawing, which went to Tim Lyster, immediate past YLS chair.

This was the second Trivia Night in 2013, with many of the YLS officers and committee chairs present.

In October, the YLS participated in a 5K race at Cobbs Hill, raising money to benefit the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.

— Photos  by Nora A. Jones

Merritt Smith (MCBA staff) and Wende Knapp (YLS Chair) greeted guests as they arrived for the Nov. 13 Trivia Night.

Merritt Smith (MCBA staff) and Wende Knapp (YLS Chair) greeted guests as they arrived for the Nov. 13 Trivia Night.

The winning team: Team 9, consisting of Leah Tarantino, Janet Horne and Curtis Johnson. Carey Ann Denefrio was also on the team.

The winning team: Team 9, consisting of Leah Tarantino, Janet Horne and Curtis Johnson. Carey Ann Denefrio was also on the team.

Heather Neu and Meghan McGuire enjoy the social hour.

Heather Neu and Meghan McGuire enjoy the social hour.

Michael Zoutran, Jennifer Meldrum and Ashley Heisler pause for a photo before going off into different teams.

Michael Zoutran, Jennifer Meldrum and Ashley Heisler pause for a photo before going off into different teams.

Janet Horne, Tammy Garcia and Jennifer Lunsford were among the participants.

Janet Horne, Tammy Garcia and Jennifer Lunsford were among the participants.

Members of Team 4 contemplate a question. From left are Louis Jim, Laura Smith, Laura Myers, Ryan Woodworth and Michael Zoldan.

Members of Team 4 contemplate a question. From left are Louis Jim, Laura Smith, Laura Myers, Ryan Woodworth and Michael Zoldan.

Duwaine Bascoe, Robin Marable and Letty Laskowski huddle for a photo. They were on Team 3 with Christin Murphy Cornetta and Tammy Garcia.

Duwaine Bascoe, Robin Marable and Letty Laskowski huddle for a photo. They were on Team 3 with Christin Murphy Cornetta and Tammy Garcia.

Nicole Intschert and James Strandjord were among the YLS members joining the Nov. 13 Trivia Night.

Nicole Intschert and James Strandjord were among the YLS members joining the Nov. 13 Trivia Night.

Laura Myers, Christin Murphy Cornetta and Mary Loewenguth at the YLS Trivia Night.

Laura Myers, Christin Murphy Cornetta and Mary Loewenguth at the YLS Trivia Night.