By Juhi Varma
Team Hill-Iovino took home top honors at the Triple Threat Trivia fundraiser as 20 teams competed for the trivia trophy (and associated bragging rights) on Thursday, January 24, at Anthony’s of Malden. The Triple Threat Trivia is an annual event organized by the Triple Threat Trivia Committee, chaired by Eleanor Cushing, Director of the City of Malden’s Human Resources Department.
“We celebrated our 15th year of Triple Threat Trivia to raise funds for the programs and services of the Malden Public Library,” said organizer Jean Slavkovsky. “This year was particularly special, because we were celebrating Malden Public Library Director Dina Malgeri’s 40 years of service and retirement. Some of the questions focused on the year she began working at the Malden Public Library, 1972. The event was successful once again, and we here at the library appreciate the community’s overwhelming support.”
Triple Threat Trivia Committee Member Paul Solano played host and quizmaster, posing clever questions to the contestants through three entertaining rounds. “The questions were a great mix of geography, history, science, literature, sports, and pop culture,” said one contestant, Aleda Freeman. “As always, there were a few repeats from past years, which can be just as hard to answer the second time around. Since there are so many varieties of topics there is usually one person at your table of ten who at least has a guess. The most frustrating part is when we talk ourselves out of the right answer!”
The teams represented Malden’s various organizations and families. “In addition to the teams playing, we had our Business Sponsors Team, made up of Malden Transportation, ‘Shapiro and Hender,’ ‘E.E. Burns and Son Funeral Home,’ and Dunkin’ Donuts’ Medeiros Family,” said Slavkovsky, who also came up with the bulk of the trivia questions.
“The Triple Threat Trivia event is a really fun community gathering, as well as a major fundraiser for the library,” said MATV Assistant Director and Library Trustee Anne D’Urso Rose. “People come back year after year and it’s a lot of fun to see them dress up in creative costumes, sing silly songs, play games, and rack their brains to think of the answers to all these really difficult trivia questions!”
Last year’s contest ended in a tie between teams Parcellin and Ward 1 (the Mayor’s team).
“This was a fun and challenging way to raise funds to benefit our remarkable library,” said Mayor Gary Christenson. “The event also marked its 15th successful year, which was a fitting tribute to Dina Malgeri, who is retiring on Friday. The only negative part of the event was that our team came up one point short from winning the contest!”