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When the answer is service

Sarah David

Sarah David

Trivia nights are a huge favorite of my friends and colleagues. On a random weeknight (or even Sunday brunch) bars change from collections of friends to “trivia teams.” Sometimes the trivia has themes and other times you are at the mercy of the trivia host, in which case your best bet is to collect your friends with the most diverse knowledge of random facts and hope for the best. As lawyers, sometimes the hardest part is stopping your team members from arguing technicalities with the trivia master.

The Anne Arundel County Bar Association uses these trivia nights as a way to create comaraderie and give back to the community. The group hosts its “Charity Pub Quiz Nights” twice each year — once in the fall and once in the spring. In past years, between 75 and 100 AABA members and guests attend each Pub Quiz, with teams of up to 6 people competing to win the “Cup of Perpetual Knowledge” and other prizes.

“Our Charity pub quiz nights are a great opportunity for people to interact with other bar association colleagues in a comfortable yet still challenging and competitive environment,” says AABA President Steven Wrobel. “Galway Bay has been a wonderful host and the bi-yearly event is always looked forward to on the (AABA’s) calendar of events.”

Wrobel warns that this can get quite competitive.

“We have been having these long enough that people know who the favorites to win are, and there always seem to be new alliances forming in order to knock off the best teams,” he says. “It’s ‘Game of Thrones’ without all the R-rated stuff.

“And if it comes up as a trivia question,” he adds, “‘Game of Thrones’ has been filmed in large part in the town of Dubrovnik, Croatia.”

The registration fee for the Pub Quiz includes a donation to the Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the AABA. The Foundation supports several charitable and service initiatives that strengthen the community and ensure equal access to justice. The foundation recently provided Thanksgiving dinners to 41 local families in need and raised more than $3,000 to provide holiday gift cards to Annapolis High School students who are living on their own without the support of parents or a guardian.

The foundation also has contributed more than $15,000 to the Weekend Food Program in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, which provides students who lack sufficient food at home with backpacks of easy-to-prepare food every Friday.

Sometimes planning a service event can be as simple to tacking on a charitable component to some fun things you would be doing anyway. Hosting a trivia night for charity allows for not only contributing to a good cause but facilitating networking! When I was a prosecutor, my colleagues and I enjoyed attending trivia together and always learned something fun about each other through the little tidbits of knowledge people would come up with. So check out your local bar and see if your colleagues would be game for a little fun for a cause!

The next AABA Charity Pub Quiz Night is April 18 at Galway Pub. You can learn more about the Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation on its website.