Bell-Brown’s search brought her to Geeks Who Drink, an organization that hosts trivia competitions at bars throughout Seattle. “I contacted them to ask how much it would cost, and they told me they do them for free if you’re raising money for an organization,” Bell-Brown says. “They make it really easy and inexpensive.”
Once Bell-Brown chose a date for the event in November, she sent out an invitation on Facebook and set up a FirstGiving page on GCF’s website. She drew more than 40 friends and family members to the event, which was held at the Madrona Eatery & Ale House in Seattle. They battled as teams through eight rounds of trivia, covering topics ranging from music to history, says Bell-Brown, who also recruited some of her coworkers at Harborview Medical Center, where she works as a referral coordinator for a neurology clinic.
Bell-Brown’s mom, Gaby Bell, is doing well and currently participating in a clinical trial for an experimental drug developed by Merck. She feels well enough to work full-time as a recreational therapist, and she was an enthusiastic attendee of her daughter’s trivia event, Bell-Brown reports.
Bell-Brown raised about $1,000 from the event, plus another $2,000 from her FirstGiving page, which continued to attract donations after the trivia night. Bell-Brown says she advises other volunteers who want to organize similar fundraisers to follow the same approach-raising money online and offline simultaneously.
“When my mom was first diagnosed I set up the fundraising page [for GCF] on FirstGiving,” Bell-Brown says. “Once I organized the quiz night, I sent an e-mail to all of our friends and family that don’t live in the area to tell them they could donate through the FirstGiving site. It was really helpful. When something like this happens, everyone is affected. I think this was a way for people to feel they were participating and helping.”