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Landmark fundraising goal reached in music trivia tournament

Record single year proceeds lead to Georgina Falt Memorial event surpassing $100,000
The Potluckers successfully defended their championship at the tournament and were presented with commemorative LP trophies by organizers Theresa and Don Bodger. Front row, from left: Andrew Paugh, Rory Guenard, Darren Geddes and David Berkley. Back: Theresa Bodger, Maureen Pietrzykowski, Colette Dame, Genevieve Pietrzykowski, John Drope and Don Bodger. (Photo by Keith Palou)

The Georgina Falt Memorial Music Trivia Tournament surpassed the $100,000 mark in total amount raised since inception in 2013 for the Alzheimer Society of BC Saturday at the Duncan Curling Club.

Organized by Chemainus Valley Courier editor Don Bodger and wife Theresa, this year’s tournament brought record-breaking proceeds of $18,499.50 and pushed the grand total to $107,847. The largest amount previously raised in a single year was $15,293 in 2018 with 18 teams.

“We are grateful for all the community support we have received over the years,” said Theresa. “Businesses around the Chemainus and Cowichan Valleys and beyond have been amazing in donating items for raffle prizes and silent auctions, but especially this year as we reached the milestone $100,000 overall total.”

Laura Siberry, the senior development officer, philanthropy, for the Alzheimer Society of BC at the Greater Victoria Resource Centre, attended the event to speak about the amazing contributions the event has generated. She also presented the Bodgers with a special plaque in commemoration of the occasion.

A team of eight came all the way from Ontario specifically to be part of the tournament. Others from the Lower Mainland and Okanagan joined a large contingent of people from all over the Island.

Teams of eight were tasked with identifying song titles and artists plus solving puzzles and answering trivia questions as part of the game portion of the proceedings. There was also a remarkable selection of items available in the draw prizes and silent auction from the numerous community donations.

The Potluckers team from Nanaimo comprised of John Drope, Rory Guenard, Colette Dame, Maureen Pietrzykowski, Genevieve Pietrzykowski, Andrew Paugh, David Berkley and Darren Geddes successfully defended its tournament title, fending off a late charge by the runner-up Southern Ontario Braintrust to win by 95 points.

Each team received special individual ‘trophies.’ The winners had LPs mounted on wood and the runners-up had 45s.

Curling club personnel has been tremendous in making sure every need is met in order to stage the tournament.

A total of 15 teams participated this year, down from the peak of 18 in 2018. There’s always a chance for newcomers to participate or former players to return. The event is advertised at the start of each year once a date in September is determined.

One of the highlights this year was a live auction conducted by Cam Drew. Items donated by Frank Ludwig, the keyboardist from the band Trooper during its heyday, including a bobble head doll, drew some feverish bidding. Ludwig was a student at Chemainus Secondary School before gaining fame with Trooper.

The Bodgers called on a large number of volunteers to help the event run smoothly, both on the fundraising side and with the music portion of the tournament.

Laura Siberry of the Alzheimer Society of BC presents Theresa and Don Bodger with a plaque in commemoration of the Georgina Falt Memorial Music Trivia Tournament surpassing $100,000 in total amount raised. (Photo by Keith Palou)
The Southern Ontario Braintrust came all the way from Ontario for the weekend just to participate in the Georgina Falt Memorial Music Trivia Tournament at the Duncan Curling Club. Front row, from left: Chris Cimek, Gord Fitzer, Shawn McCart, Don Gowan. Back, from left: Sandina DiPasquale, Frank Vrbanac, Renée Toll, Pat Cimek. (Photo by Don Bodger)

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I've been a part of the newspaper industry since 1980 when I began on a part-time basis covering sports for the Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle.
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