By RICK HAYES
---- — MT. VERNON — Which popular movie in 2011 starred both Matt Damon and Jude Law? If you answered Contagion, you would be correct.
How about the question: What American Idol winner sang "A Moment Like This" in 2002. Was it Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Clay Aiken or Kelly Clarkson? Answer: Kelly Clarkson.
Questions similar to these will be offered up during the annual Trivia NIght for Lifeboat Alliance. It will be held at 7 p.m. May 4 at the West Salem Trinity United Methodist Church.
Around 25 teams participated in last year's Trivia Night. Organizer Gayle Shelton said only four teams have registered so far, but she would like to see at least 30 teams register to fill up the church's gymansium/fellowship hall.
"A lot of people just wait until the night of the event. We would like for them to call ahead of time so we know how many tables to set up, and to get better organized," Shelton said. Those interested in signing up teams can call Shelton at 755-9302 or the church at 242-4755.
Food will be available.
"I have some volunteers who making desserts, and my husband (Bill) and I will be providing soda," Shelton said. "There may be some prizes to auction off, although that has not been finalized."
Shelton said the Trivia Night event has been well-supported by the community in the past.
"Last year, we had a lot of devoted Trivia Night people. I attend a lot of them myself, because the devoted trivia people are always looking for events like this to attend. I'll be attending a Trivia Night this weekend as well, so it is quite popular," she said.
Shelton said those who attend do not have to be trivia driven to enjoy the event.
"Some people have the mistaken idea you have to be smart to come to Trivia Night. The trivia we have is fun, and I think they will have a good time if they come," she said.
Jenny O'Daniel, executive director of Lifeboat Alliance, said the shelter has an budget of $200,000 per year, and events like Trivia Night help with the organization's operation.
"Like any fundraising event when an individual like Gayle Shelton goes out and hosts a special event it is very gratifying," O'Daniel said. "Community support and involvement has helped us be successful all along and seeing the continuance of that is great."