January 1, 2023 | Your Stories
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

Norma Cox (left) at St. Vincent De Paul in Paducah receives proceeds from a family night trivia game from Patricia Carroll (right), who is also a volunteer at  St. Vincent De Paul. COURTESY OF LIZ MEDLEY

Time, talent and treasure = trivia


Patricia Carroll of St. Thomas More Parish in Paducah has been using her time, talent and treasure for 11 years to raise several thousand dollars for charities. And how does she do it, you ask? Trivia! 

Mrs. Carroll spends countless hours over several months gathering questions and answers from a variety of sources for her trivia competition. She types her own trivia questions, answer sheets and makes a large scoreboard for the game. During this time, she is also busy visiting local businesses to ask for donations of goods and services for door prizes in addition to making purchases herself. When all is ready, she then makes numerous telephone calls to gather teams and to solicit snacks and volunteers to assist with game night.

The trivia night is a fun evening for all with a meager entry fee of $10 per person. There is always enough food to feed an army as well as many door prizes to give away throughout the evening. And, there is always the 50/50 drawing. One lucky person wins one-half of the pot and the other goes to the local charity, along with the entry fees collected and donations received.

Over the past 11 years, Mrs. Carroll has presented her trivia proceeds to a variety of organizations, including the River City Mission, Merryman House, Community Kitchen, Paducah Cooperative Ministry, Special Olympics, Moose Charities, Easter Seals, Hope Unlimited, Lourdes Hospice, American Red Cross, Paducah Day Nursery, the Human Project and St. Vincent De Paul. In the words of our Lord, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Originally printed in the January 2023 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.

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