What was a fun way to bring heads together to fight brain tumors?
"Trivia Night," hosted by Patricia and Charles Shimkus at Wampanoag Country Club in West Hartford, Connecticut on November 3, 2012.
The Shimkus Family, along with a committee of volunteers they brought together, raised nearly $11,500 at the event to benefit the CTBTA, helping Connecticut brain tumor patients and the state's top medical facilities that provide care for them.
For Pat and Charlie Shimkus, the cause and the game night are personal. Their lives changed forever when their daughter, Susan Shimkus Lemkuil, was diagnosed with a brain tumor on February 7, 2007. They still remember receiving the call to come home immediately from Florida, a place where they had enjoyed a variety of recreational activities including locally-hosted trivia nights. Susan had taken a grand mal seizure and was subsequently diagnosed with an Oligodendroglioma, a type of tumor that originates in the brain. While Susan is doing well now, following two successful brain surgeries and numerous MRIs to ensure that she is prevailing over brain cancer, the Shimkus Family knows that her fight is not over.
Pat and Charlie decided to bring the trivia night they enjoyed in Florida here to Connecticut as a fundraiser for the CTBTA. They enlisted James Stewart, a veteran television broadcaster, to act as emcee for the evening, and "Jim" rose to the challenge, puzzling Trivia Night guests with questions and eliciting laughter and cheers when he read the correct responses. Guests were treated to a cocktail hour, raffle, and dinner, and they got an opportunity to learn first-hand from Susan Lemkuil, now a Director of the CTBTA, just how important this cause is to the Shimkus Family and others. The evening was a battle of wits that will long be remembered as a good time for a good cause — where the top three winning teams all donated their prize winnings back to the CTBTA.
Pictures from the 2012 Event