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Brain Game trophy goes to Bond Schoeneck

Trivia fundraiser nets nearly $21k for tutoring programs

Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC won the Brain Game trophy. Pictured from left are April McCloud, Abby Norris*, David Pieterse, Ed Hourihan, Allyn VanDusen*, Curtis Johnson*, Bethany Centrone* and LVR board president Ray Martino awarding the trophy. (Team members designated with a *)

Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC won the Brain Game trophy. Pictured from left are April McCloud, Abby Norris*, David Pieterse, Ed Hourihan, Allyn VanDusen*, Curtis Johnson*, Bethany Centrone* and LVR board president Ray Martino awarding the trophy. (Team members designated with a *)

“In the novel Anna Karenina, with whom was Anna in love?” Possible answers include: a) Pierre; b) Vladimir; c) Andre; or d) Vronsky.

If that question is too difficult, maybe switch from Literature to the category: From the RBJ.

“According to the RBJ, what school district has the highest true school tax rate? a) East Irondequoit; b) Pittsford; c) Brighton; or d) Gates-Chili.

These are sample questions from this the Literacy Volunteers of Rochester annual Brain Game fundraiser, held on Oct. 22 at The Strathallan Rochester.

Sixteen teams competed, representing a variety of businesses, law firms, accounting firms and academic institutions.

The team for Arnold Magnetic Technologies defeated Insero & Company’s team in round 1, but lost to Underberg & Kessler LLP in round 2.

The Underberg & Kessler team survived right up until the final round when Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC took the trophy.

Other participants included Avalon Document Services; Brighton Securities; DeJoy, Knauf and Blood LLP; EFP Rotenberg LLP; FujiFilm; Harter Secrest & Emery LLP; Monroe Community College; Nixon Peabody LLP; Rochester Institute of Technology; St. John Fisher College; Thomson Reuters; and a team of LVR volunteers and students, sponsored by William G. McGowan Charitable Fund.

LVR Executive Director Robert Mahar got the trivia event started by introducing the WROC News Team emcees Rachael Barnhart and Adam Chodak.

Martino Flynn and St. John Fisher College were gold sponsors of this key fundraising event, which helps LVR match up local adults with individual tutors to gain both reading and speaking literacy skills. The small 501(c) 3 LVR organization trains tutors for the one-to-one training, and also offers programs to improve math skills and to learn basic computer skills, at no cost to the students.

– Photos by Nora A. Jones

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Underberg & Kessler was represented this year by Daniel Gocek, Leah Tarantino, David Tang, and Jennifer Castaldo. They made it to the final round, succumbing in final jeopardy.

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The Thomson Reuters team has participated each year since the inception of Brain Game in 2001. From left are: Tim Thomas, Joel Smith, Elena Renner and Cory Steckler.

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The St. John Fisher team was the 2014 Brain Game champion. For this year’s competition, Daryl Hurd, Michael Sander, Deb VanderBilt and Deborah Unman survived to round 3.

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WROC News Team provided the evening’s emcees: Rachel Barnhart and Adam Chodak.

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Laura Smith, Lucrecia Knapp, Anne Modica and Ben Mudrick represented Harter Secrest & Emery LLP in this year’s competition.

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Rochester Institute of Technology were all team spirit in matching shirts. From left are Leslie Greg, Michelle Cometa, Duane Beck and Dr. Mark Krysofik.