A total of $35,500 was raised during the fifth annual Brainiac Brawl and silent auction Saturday evening at the Rogers State University Centennial Center.
As Claremore Public Schools Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Brainiac Brawl includes 30 teams of eight participants, competing for the chance to be named Brainiac Brawl champions.
The Law Firm of Taylor, Burrage, Foster, Mallett, Downs, Ramsey & Russell were deemed repeating champions Saturday and walked home with the official Brainiac Brawl traveling trophy. The team has placed first three time in the past five years.
CPSF Executive Director Marla Lillie said the Brainiac Brawl raised more money Saturday than ever before. In fact, raised funds from the event are increasing more every year.
“I think our increasing success is due to several factors. For one, it is a fun, fast-paced event that is lively and competitive,” said Lillie. “The themed table decorations that our guests come up with are events in and of themselves. Second, our community appreciates the excellent public schools we have in Claremore and the community knows that by how much they support this event and the foundation.”
She said sponsors, guests, auction donors and CPSF board members are responsible for the success of the Brainiac Brawl.
Wilson, Lillie & Associates Appraisals were named table decoration champions for the fifth year in a row with their theme Cinco de Mayo. The team raised approximately $1,400 for the foundation from table votes alone.
This year’s 50/50 winner for the Brainiac Brawl was Jessica Peck of Claremore. Peck went home with more than $740. The drawing consisted of nearly $1,500 in purchased 50/50 tickets. Tickets were sold for the drawing throughout the evening for $1, and the winner received 50 percent of money raised.
Sponsors for the Brainiac Brawl were BancFirst, Claremore Compounding Center, Grand Bank, Hillcrest Hospital Claremore, Pelco Structural, LLC, RCB Bank and Taylor, Burrage, Foster, Mallett, Downs, Ramsey & Russell.