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Questions for a Cause: Richmond Young Professional to Host Third Pub Trivia Night

HAMLET – Throughout its short existence, Richmond Young Professionals has certainly established itself as an organization which always has an event in the works.  Talk of the Town meetings, Habitat for Humanity build days, communitywide special events, and participation in a variety of charity functions, are just the tip of the iceberg for this organization’s event repertoire.   

But of all of the events it has hosted so far, there is one that always emerges as a clear town favorite:  Pub Trivia Night.

After much anticipation, the members of RYP are excited to bring back this exciting event once again.

On Thursday, November 16, RYP will host its third Pub Trivia Night at Sports Connections in Hamlet.  The event will kick off with a social from 6:30 to 7 p.m., before the trivia portion of the event begins, which will last until approximately 8:30 pm.

During a meeting last fall, members of the Young Professionals began to brainstorm event ideas for their upcoming season.  The team wanted to develop an event that was both entertaining, but also allowed them to give back to the community in some way. 

“Pub Trivia Night has proven to do just that,” stated RYP President David Stogner.  “It’s a unique event in a relaxed environment where young professionals can get out, have fun, share ideas, and give back to the community in some way.”

Inspired by the trivia nights hosted by establishments in Moore county, the team moved forward to turn their event idea into a reality.  They knew just the right woman to call: Hamlet Depot Museum Director and Downtown Coordinator, Stephanie Thornsbury.

“I love trivia,” exclaimed Thornsbury.  “Last year I was asked to sponsor a night for the Richmond Young Professionals at the Hamlet Depot and Museum. I decided that this night should be a Pub Trivia night and thus the tradition was born.”

And a tradition it indeed has become.  Thornsbury, who is also an active RYP member, along with her husband, John, have since hosted two, and soon to be three, Pub Trivia Nights on behalf of RYP. 


 “Stephanie and her husband, John, have been instrumental in these events,” RYP treasurer Seth Allen noted. “It has been great to network with them on each event and be able to help raise money for local non-profit organizations.”

The inaugural trivia night event, which took place roughly one year ago, was a success for both the Young Professionals and the Hamlet Train Depot and Museum.  Instead of using the event for personal profits, RYP chose to donate all funds raised from event admission back to the museum. 

This success created the foundation for a positive working relationship between Thornsbury and RYP.  The two organizations have since teamed up to hold a second trivia night last spring at ARTS Richmond, with all proceeds benefiting the Arts Council.

In keeping with this tradition, there will not be an admission fee for this event.  However, attendees are all encouraged to make a donation at the door to the Hamlet Train Depot and Museum.

For Thursday’s event, individuals will be randomly assigned to teams that will all compete head to head in three rounds of Pub Trivia. 

“Each round will be a different category,” explained Thornsbury.  “The team with the highest points will be awarded each round, and then after the third round, the points will be tallied and an overall winning team will be chosen.”

Of course, what’s the point in keeping score if there aren’t awesome prizes on the line?  Although it cannot be disclosed exactly what the winners will walk away with, RYP representatives report that there will be plenty of great prizes and RYP memorabilia to go around.

For more information on how to participate in this event, head over to the Richmond Young Professional’s official Facebook page.