Trivia tournament to benefit Ronald McDonald House

jmink@macon.comSeptember 12, 2013 

When parents are coping with the hospitalization of a child, they need to know where their next meal is coming from and where they will be sleeping.

That’s where the Ronald McDonald House comes in.

The Macon organization relies on community assistance to provide such necessities -- about 10 percent of its budget comes from third-party fundraisers, said Julie Wilkerson, development director for the Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia.

That’s where events, such as the Quiz 4 Kids trivia bowl, come in.

The first-time community event will pit 18 teams -- mainly area high schools -- against one another in a trivia challenge, much like the popular game show “Family Feud,” said Steve Rodgers, event organizer.

The tournament begins at 11 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Warner Robins Civic Center. Several Middle Georgia communities are participating in the event, which is projected to raise $10,000 to $15,000 for the Ronald McDonald House.

The organization houses out-of-county families whose children are being treated in the area, giving them regular meals, washers and dryers, places to sleep, showers, and, perhaps most importantly, moral support from other families. Many people make lifelong friendships during their stays, which have lasted from a few days to a year, Wilkerson said.

“It’s not a hotel; it’s a home,” Wilkerson said. “And not having to think about where they’re going to wash their clothes, where they’re going to shower, where they’re going to eat ... is a big part of their stress relief.”

The quiz tournament is aimed at raising money for the Ronald McDonald House and showing the strength of community collaboration. Rodgers -- who is chairman of the service task force in Warner Robins and works for Timco Aviation Services, which helps support the Ronald McDonald House -- wanted to bring the community together for a good cause.

Additionally, as federal officials review Air Force bases for possible realignment, it’s important to show Middle Georgia communities can work together, he said.

“We want it to be fun,” he said. “Everybody’s going to win because what they’re doing is helping to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.”

Admission to the quiz tournament is $5 a person, which includes one ticket for a vacation raffle. Attendees can pay $10 for three raffle tickets and $25 for 10 tickets.

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