Claremore Daily Progress

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June 27, 2014

Brainiac Brawl honored for outstanding achievement

CLAREMORE —

The Claremore Publics Schools Foundation has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Award for Local Education Foundations, sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. 
The award recognizes CPSF’s fundraising program, Brainiac Brawl, a trivia bowl for adults that has become the foundation’s biggest annual fundraiser.
Through the trivia bowl, 30 teams of eight compete in six rounds to be named “Brainiac Champions,” and earn the coveted traveling trophy. Trivia questions are written by students from the Claremore High School academic team. 
“Our goals each year are to raise money to support our programs and to educate guests about our foundation’s mission,” said Marla Lillie, executive director of the Claremore Public Schools Foundation. “It is a very popular event in our community and has sold out well in advance for the past four years.”
In conjunction with the academic competition, teams participate in a table decorating and costume competition, and are encouraged to present a “down and dirty” campaign to solicit votes for their tables. Each dollar equals one vote. Themes for the February 2014 event ranged from Mardi Gras and “Gilligan’s Island,” to “The Wizard of Oz” and carnival characters. 
The event also includes a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle, in which the winner receives 50 percent of the raffle contributions. 
Contributions to the silent auction have included vacation getaways, a full set of braces from a local orthodontist and a trustee wine basket featuring favorite wines of all foundation board members. In 2014, Brainiac Brawl netted more than $30,000 . The event has raised more than $114,000 for CPSF over the past five years. 
“Brainiac Brawl has been a very successful event in our community that celebrates how much fun it is to be a brainiac,” said Lillie.
Claremore Public Schools Foundation was named one of three recipients of the outstanding program award, and will receive a plaque and monetary award of $1,000 at the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Fall Forum for Local Education Foundations on Oct. 21 in Norman. 

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