Trivia night proceeds help fight cancer

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By Sean Robinson, Senior Staff Writer

Kim Lange asked a stumped crowd of more than 100 when the first skyscraper was built. Lange wasn’t teaching a course in architectural history –  she was sponsoring and acting as quizmaster for UNO’s Relay for Life trivia night.

On Sunday, Feb. 20 in the Milo Bail Student Center, Lange and the organization Colleges Against Cancer sponsored a trivia night in which participants paid $5 to play.  All proceeds went toward the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research, education and services. Participants signed up as teams of six to play several rounds of trivia, raking up points in order to trounce their opponents.

Seventeen teams, composed of everyone from football players to members of the Greek system, participated and raised a total of more than $500. Lange’s goal was to raise $300 and host 10 teams.

“It’s important for everyone to get involved with fighting against cancer, especially college students,” Lange said. “We have to set a standard as well as an example for the generations behind us. We have to lead the fight, and the easiest way to do that is by signing up for Relay For Life.”

Lange was inspired to hold a trivia night as a way to raise money after growing up in St. Louis and watching the success of trivia nights across the city.

To promote the event, volunteers set up tables in campus buildings, sent flyers to high schools and posted the event online to Facebook and Omaha event calendars. 

 “I joined Relay For Life because it gives me a chance to raise money to fund cancer research,” Lange said.  “It gives me the opportunity to put my good health to use by walking a track for 12 hours. It gives me the ability to inspire hope for cancer patients and their families – the strongest remedy for cancer to date. Because once cancer patients have hope, then they are able to persevere and face the next day.”

UNO’s Relay for Life will be held at the Sapp Fieldhouse from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on April 8 and 9. With 35 teams already signed up and numbers inching toward 50, the event will keep participants entertained with a DJ, food and a bounce house as they walk around a track for 12 hours to show their dedication for finding a cure for cancer. Teams can still sign up at relayforlife.org/unone.

 “No one really knew what a trivia night was,” Lange said.  “But maybe since it was so successful this year, we can increase our initial goal to two teams.”

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