This weekend, A Shot in the Dark will battle it out with the Winner Schnitzels once again.

The two trivia teams, formed by employees of Mountain Laurel Internal Medicine and Appalachian Home Care, respectively, are former winners of the High Country Caregiver Foundation Trivia Challenge. The foundation will host its third trivia challenge Saturday, October 2, at 6:00 p.m. at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Boone.

“It’s probably our most fun event,” Brenda Reece, executive director of the foundation, said.Reece added that the trivia challenge has become a “very competitive” event and that some teams even set up a practice schedule in the weeks before the event.

Between 100 and 120 people are expected at this year’s challenge, with seven teams registered so far. Teams can also register at the door.

Jim Marsh, television anchorman, and Big Jim Clarke, radio host, will host the event. Soft drinks and food, provided by Subway, are included in the $20 price of admission, and a cash bar will be available.

Gift baskets, gift certificates to area restaurants and more will be raffled off, and other prizes will be awarded for each round. The winning team will receive a trophy.

During four rounds of trivia, teams have the opportunity to purchase up to 12 mulligans. “Mulligan” is a golf term, Reece said, and allows the team a do-over for the price of $10.

Between the mulligans and ticket and bar sales, the Caregiver Foundation raised $3,000 at its last trivia event. They hope to match that amount Friday, Reece said.

Subway donated food, and La Quinta donated space for this year’s challenge. In fact, all components of the fundraiser were donated, Reece said. This allows “every little bit” of money raised to go directly toward the foundation’s mission of providing respite for caregivers.

Caregivers don’t have to live with the loved ones they assist, and they don’t have to see them every day, Reece said.

“If they’re providing any service that enables someone to live as independently as possible…then they’re a caregiver, and we want them to have a break if they need one,” she said.

The foundation provides just such a break by offering respite vouchers to caregivers. The vouchers can be redeemed at various locations in Watauga and Avery counties to provide free care for sick or injured individuals.

Reece said she often receives heartfelt thank-you notes from caregivers after they’ve redeemed a voucher.

One note she received recently was from an 89-year-old man who has been caring for his wife since March 2009.

“Your gift will enable me to get some refreshment and relief,” he said.

The note and others like it “make this so worthwhile,” Reece said. As of Tuesday, the foundation has awarded 87 $500 vouchers to family caregivers.

For more information, call Reece at 828-265-5434 ext. 28.

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