Have you ever watched "Minute to Win It," the game show where contestants compete in 60-second challenges that involve household items for a shot at big money?
The board of A Caring Place Child Advocacy Center in Wintersville is sponsoring a "Minute to Win It" contest as part of its annual fundraiser dinner on the calendar for March 9 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. with a cash bar, followed by a chicken and cod dinner at 6 p.m. The "Minute to Win It" contest will involve three to four teams of five to six people each. The game consists of six 1-minute challenges. Each team has one attempt to complete each challenge. Points are awarded for each challenge successfully completed in 1 minute. The team with the most points wins the game - a $500 team prize.
From left, seated, Vicki DeLeonardis, president of the board of A Caring Place Child Advocacy Center; Cynthia Morris, treasurer; and standing, MaryAnn Donnelly, director; Ann Dulany, secretary; and Janelle Clifton, board member. Jean-Philippe Rigaud is vice president, and Shirley DiCarlantonio also is a board member.
-- Janice R. Kiaski
The evening also will include a Chinese auction, a 50-50 drawing, and music and karaoke by Jukebox Gary. The karaoke is just for fun, not a competition thing.
Tickets are $35 per person with reservations due by Feb. 22. Tickets will not be sold at the door. They are available from any board member or by calling Vicki at (740) 632-6469 or (740) 264-9887 or Cynthia at (740) 632-8831 with credit cards accepted. Tables can be reserved.
This year's event will be in memory of Linda Carrocci Blackburn, who died Jan. 12. Board members explained Blackburn was the daughter of the late Helen Carrocci, a former board member, and worked as a correction officer with the Jefferson County Juvenile Detention Center.
Vicki DeLeonardis is president of the board of A Caring Place Child Advocacy. Other officers are Jean-Philippe Rigaud, vice president; Cynthia Morris, treasurer; Ann Dulany, secretary; MaryAnn Donnelly, director; and board members Janelle Clifton and Shirley DiCarlantonio.
Bringing a piece of the game show hosted on screen by chef and TV personality Guy Fieri of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" fame is something that A Caring Place's board elected to try in a departure from its traditional mystery dinner theater.
Dulany explained that in recent years, she served on a committee at work at the Franciscan University of Steubenville that planned a "Minute to Win It" contest as part of its Employee Appreciation Day festivities.
"If you have seen the TV show, it's just a lot of fun," Dulany said. "They use household items to complete these challenges, so one of the challenges is to put a cookie on your forehead and just slide it into your mouth without using your hands and do it in a minute," she said, citing an example.
"It's an easy setup to do, and people have a great time watching it and a good time participating in it, so we thought we'd give it a shot for our annual event this year," Dulany said.
The teams will have a certain number of challenges with the team accumulating the most points deemed the winner.
However, if there's a tie, another competitive challenge will determine the team taking home $500.
"I know a lot of people are looking forward to coming to watch it," said DeLeonardis.
Patrons of the event will have a chance to watch, laugh and cheer; enjoy dinner, a Chinese auction and 50-50 drawing; and later participate in or listen to music and impromptu karaoke performers.
A brochure promoting the event offered some examples of challenges, not necessarily ones that will be part of the March fundraiser, but to give you a flavor for things.
The Nutstacker: The contestant must slice 10 metal nuts from a chopstick held in his or her hand and stack them vertically on top of each other. The tower must be freestanding for 3 second.
Nervous Nelly: The contestant has four pedometers strapped to his or her body with one on each arm and leg. The contestant must then wildly move to click the pedometers a total of 500 times.
Face the Cookie: The contestants, using only their face, must move two cookies from their forehead to their mouth.
Walrus: Using two coffee stirrers held in their mouth, contestants must transport three marshmallows from one table to another, making a stack. The tower must hold for 3 seconds. If a marshmallow falls off the tower or stirrers, it must be brought back to the starting table to be re-transported.
Floatacious: The contestant must stack five empty soda cans on top of each other on a plastic plate floating in a bowl of water.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit A Caring Place Child Advocacy Center located on Canton Road in Wintersville. Established in 2002, it is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization where children of physical and sexual abuse and their families are provided confidential and supportive services such as interviewing and medical examinations in a home-like environment.
"It's an important thing for victimization," Donnelly said of the center.
"It's a place where they can come and feel comfortable. It's very confidential, private, only one client comes at a time to the center so they get our full attention. They are interviewed, and it is videotaped. If they need to hear the interview again, they can listen to the videotape. We also do medical exams for child sexual abuse cases here with Dr. Stephen Mascio so they don't have to go to a hospital and sit in an emergency room," Donnelly said.
All of A Caring Place's services are free, according to Donnelly. "We do some prevention programs to try to help stop child abuse from happening, too, and we work in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team which is all the agencies that work with child abuse and neglect so that we're all on the same page in trying to help the client," she added.
A Caring Place, a member agency of the United Way of Jefferson County, runs on grants, donations and fundraisers.
"That's how we maintain our services. "We wouldn't be here without the generosity of the community," Donnelly said.
"The community has been wonderful," added DeLeonardis of the support for the center.
"I think as a worker coming here I notice how it eases the children's minds and as a worker who interviews them, we have the ability to sit on the floor and play with them and color with them and get to know them where if we were doing it at a police station or somewhere else we don't have that," said Clifton, a case worker with Job and Family Services, Children Services Division. "We get to build a repertoire with these children before we have to talk about something that's very uncomfortable," she said.
The event also will launch the sale of tickets for drawings through April, which is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.
There will be a drawing, for example, for a flat screen TV made possible by Dr. David Brown.
More information will be coming on that.