By Jesse Buchanan
CHESHIRE — The Cheshire Education Foundation hopes its trivia challenge Saturday night will become its signature event.
More than 100 people in 27 teams will compete in the inaugural challenge at the Cheshire Parks and Recreation Center. The sold-out event will include a silent auction and a cupcake sale organized by the Cheshire High School patisserie club.
The education foundation raises money for programs or purchases not in the school district’s budget. Dennis Deninger, foundation spokesman, said the group raises nearly $30,000 in scholarships each year and recently bought a new laser engraver for the technical operations class at Cheshire High School. The machine can make mechanical or wooden objects “in three hours – what it used to take three months to do,” Deninger said.
The trivia challenge will include Jeff Solan, school superintendent.
“I am humbled by the energy and enthusiasm that the members of the Cheshire Education Foundation have poured into the Cheshire Schools,” he said. “They have outdone themselves to create a fun community event that will benefit the foundation and consequently the children of Cheshire.“
Deninger said participation in the trivia challenge was encouraging.
“Every charitable organization hopes to find some kind of signature event that people start to associate them with,” he said.
School teachers or administrators can submit proposals to the foundation for funding. Deninger said these ideas are run by Solan first to see if they can be funded by the school district and if not, they’re sent to foundation.
Money raised Saturday isn’t yet designated since foundation leaders still have to evaluate proposals.
The foundation, started in 1995, and has raised more than $1 million, according to Deninger.