Empower: Abilities Hosts Successful Americana-Themed Trivia Night Fundraiser

July 15, 2023

In a celebration of community spirit and inclusivity, the disability nonprofit organization empower: abilities recently hosted a highly successful fundraising event, bringing joy and prizes to participants with an Americana-themed trivia night. The event, called “Red, White, and Blue Trivia Night”, was held in e:a’s spacious community room (available to the public for event reservation!) located in their center at 1450 W Cambridge Street in Springfield, Missouri. The successful event not only showcased the organization's commitment to empowering individuals with disabilities but also raised significant funds for their transportation program, which reduces barriers to travel for individuals with disabilities.

Empower: abilities has been dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities in the community since 1985. Formerly known as SCIL (Southwest Center for Independent Living), their wide range of programs and initiatives have consistently garnered support from local businesses and residents alike. Sponsors for the event included Guaranty Bank, Peterson Wealth Advisors, Connell Insurance, Affordable Homes Development Inc., Davis Electric, Net Strategy, and PepsiCo, with raffle prizes donated by a number of awesome local businesses like Andy B’s, Springfield Little Theatre, Reliable Cars, Aquarium at the Boardwalk in Branson, Blue Iguana Car Wash, and more!

CEO Shannon Porter showing everyone why she REALLY liked those James Bond films.

The Americana-themed Red, White, and Blue Trivia Night Fundraiser was a unique twist on traditional charity events. The venue was adorned with vibrant red, white, and blue decorations, capturing the patriotic and whimsical essence of American culture. As the event commenced, participants were greeted with a delectable spread of food and beverages, generously provided by event sponsors. The mouthwatering menu featured classic American favorites such as hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, watermelon, and apple pie, ensuring that everyone felt truly immersed in the Americana experience.

Event volunteers Tina, Terri, and Julie show off their patriotic spirit at the selfie station!

The trivia competition took center stage, pitting teams against one another in a battle of wits and knowledge. A diverse range of questions covered American history, pop culture, music, and sports. Laughter echoed through the venue as participants collaborated to find the answers with their teams, relishing the friendly competition and the opportunity to showcase their trivia prowess. Team “Barbenheimer” came in third place, “The Bubly 6” took second place, and “The Uncle Sams”, a team from community partner Abilities First, took home the "Top Banana" first place trophies and prizes! Congratulations to the winning team, and a sincere thank you to all who participated!

The Uncle Sams, the winning team!

Through ticket sales, sponsorships, and a well-received raffle, the event successfully raised over $5,600, surpassing the initial fundraising goal. The generous contributions from attendees and sponsors will enable empower: abilities to fund its transportation program, which reduces barriers to travel-- providing even greater assistance and support to individuals with disabilities.

The traditional American Macarena dance-off.

Shannon Porter, the Chief Executive Officer of empower: abilities, expressed her gratitude, saying, "We are overwhelmed by the great response from our community in their support of this event. Its success will allow us to provide essential, accessible transportation services. We appreciate the many businesses that sponsored and/or provided donations to make this event possible and thank all those that attended."

As the Americana-themed trivia night came to a close, participants departed with smiles on their faces, knowing they had not only enjoyed a delightful evening but also made a tangible difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities. Empower: abilities' remarkable fundraiser underscored the power of community engagement and compassion, inspiring hope and creating a brighter future for all.

Empower: abilities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support, resources, and advocacy for individuals with disabilities. They aim to be a one-stop-shop for all things disability-related in Southwest Missouri. Their mission is to remove barriers and empower independent living for all people with disabilities. Find out more at empowerabilities.org.