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Sue Owens, Executive Director

February 15, 2013

For Release to El Dorado and Union County Media
For Immediate Release

Evening of Wit and Friendly Competition Raises Funds for Economic Literacy

EL DORADO, ARK.—A few good teams are needed to round out the 2013 El Dorado Trivia Challenge on March 14. Now in its 15th year, the Challenge offers a fun evening of wit and friendly competition to raise funds to improve economic and financial literacy among area students K-12.

The event is scheduled for March 14 at the South Arkansas Arts Center. Up to 12 teams of business and community leaders will compete to match one another’s wit and trivia knowledge. This year’s theme is “That’s Entertainment,” with questions related to movies, TV, music, sports, board games, card games and more. Awards will be presented to the top three winners, the team showing the most “spirit,” and the most creative outfit representing entertainment. Team orientation begins at 5.15 p.m., followed by a reception at 6 and the game at 6.30.

“The Trivia Challenge is our signature fundraiser,” said Sue Owens, executive director at Economics Arkansas, the Little-Rock-based non-profit organization hosting the event. “It fosters team spirit and morale among the competing organizations, it allows the business community to mix and network in a very relaxed and enjoyable setting, and it supports economic education in area schools.”

“With Trivia Challenge, Economics Arkansas has special ties to El Dorado,” Owens added. “In 1999, Madison Murphy of the Murphy Foundation was instrumental in establishing the inaugural Trivia Challenge, and we are grateful to the community of El Dorado to invite us back every year since. This is our 15th year of hosting the Trivia Challenge.”

Organizations may sponsor a four-person team for $2,000. The fee also covers 20 guest seats and dinner refreshments. Registrations must be submitted to Economics Arkansas by March 8. Entry forms are available from the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce by contacting Christy Murphy, or 870-863-6113, or from Economics Arkansas in Little Rock, or 501-682-4349.

The first Trivia Challenge in El Dorado took place in 1999 through advocacy efforts led by local civic and business leaders, including Madison Murphy of the Murphy Foundation. Murphy served on the Board of Directors of Economics Arkansas at that time and has continued his support of the organization since.

Economics Arkansas (through the Arkansas Council on Economic Education) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization founded in 1962 by Dr. Bessie B. Moore to promote economic literacy in Arkansas. Its mission is to promote economic literacy and the economic-way of thinking to PreK-12 students in Arkansas by empowering educators to teach the fourth “r,” real life economics. Real life economics teaches students:

  • To invest in their human capital, opening opportunities to the American Dream.
  • To develop decision-making skills, including an understanding of the costs associated with each decision.
  • To develop financial skills to better manage their resources in the future.
  • To gain knowledge of and appreciation for global market and their future roles as producers and consumers.


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