Project Q to test trivia skills and to support a cause

Which two actors starred in Dumb and Dumber? What is the largest city in Europe? What was the first planet to be visited by a spacecraft? Put your thinking cap on and study up for Project Q, a unique team trivia competition to benefit the Adult Literacy Center at Drake University.

Project Q will begin with preliminary rounds on Friday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. in Parents Hall on the Drake University campus. The preliminary rounds will consist of four rounds of multiple-choice questions and three rounds of short answer questions.

“No one should be shy about entering because they think they’re not smart enough,” said Kerwin Dobbins, one of the event’s organizers. “Rounds one through four should be pretty mild as far as difficulty.  We have a wide rage of categories and subject matter from music to art, geography to the 60’s, food to science fiction and so many more. Everyone has a chance of doing well in the competition.”

The trivia teams may consist of a maximum of four players. Registration fees are $10 for students, $20 for Drake staff and faculty and $25 for community members. All of the proceeds made from Project Q will directly benefit over 100 Polk County residents who are struggling readers, writers and/or spellers. According to the U.S. Census, 90,000 Polk County adults lack functional literacy, and the Adult Literacy Center is working toward decreasing that number.

“The Adult Literacy Center at Drake University has been in existence for 26 years and is funded almost exclusively by grants and private donations,” said Dobbins. “More than any amount of money we could raise, my hope is to raise awareness about the center and all the good work it does.”

The preliminary round winners will be put into the final round of competition, which will be held the next day, Saturday, Feb. 5 at noon in Sheslow Auditorium on Drake’s campus.

Thanks to a slew of gracious sponsors the prize list for Project Q includes: a free night’s stay at Embassy Suites on the River, tickets to Young Frankenstein at the Des Moines Civic Center, tickets to the Iowa Cubs baseball season, a party pack to the Blank Park Zoo, a mug and gift card to Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure, Raygun t-shirts and a $100 Gift certificate to Chef’s Kitchen.

To register for Project Q visit their website. You can also stay up-to-date with Project Q by liking Project Q on Facebook.

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