Trivia Bee

A Family-Friendly Fundraiser Supporting Needham Students and Teachers

Starting in 1992, the Needham Education Foundation held an annual Spelling Bee to raise funds to support innovative and enriching educational programs that benefit all Needham public school students. In 2021, the NEF transitioned to a Trivia Bee to better connect with Needham families, as well as local businesses, community groups, and schools. The event continues to engage the Needham community in family-friendly fun for a good cause.

Working in teams of up to 6 participants, you will test your knowledge in a wide range of categories – including Arts & Literature, Current Events, Entertainment, Geography, History, Needham History, Pop Culture, Science, and Sports! Answers are entered into your mobile device using polling software. We recommend that teams with elementary school students also include at least one to two adults. For questions about the event, please contact Sarah Winig, our Administrative Director, at swinig@nefneedham.org.

The evening is hosted by Mike “Sarge” Riley, a Needham native and veteran Boston sports radio personality. Gather a team of family, friends, or co-workers, and come join us for a lively evening of trivia. “Bee” creative and join the fun!

Due to space constraints in the NHS Cafeteria, room for spectators is limited, though parents of participating students may attend. If you are not participating on a team, we encourage you to watch the event on the Needham Channel, which will be broadcast multiple times in April.

Don’t delay! 2023 Trivia Bee registration will close on
February 17th or when teams sell out!

Ways to Support the Bee

The NEF relies on local businesses, community organizations, and individuals to make the Bee a success. No matter how you choose to support the Bee, you are making learning come alive for Needham Public School students. Thank You!

Note: If your organization is unable to cover the cost of registering a Bee team, please reach out to Sarah at swinig@nefneedham.org and we will try to find a sponsor to cover the cost.

Register a Bee Team — $175

Each team can include up to 6 participants. Consider forming a team with your family, friends, co-workers, or neighbors! Receive a $25 discount if you also purchase a full-page ad!

Sponsor a School Team — $175

We are thrilled to see students, parents, and teachers representing all eight Needham schools at the Bee each year. Consider sponsoring one of these school teams so that they may compete for free. Sponsors are listed on the teams page of the Bee program. Receive a $25 discount if you also purchase a full-page ad!

Purchase an Ad in the Bee Slideshow — $100-$300

Advertise your business or organization in the Bee slideshow which will be shown to the hundreds of Bee participants and viewers. Choose from a full-page ad (6.5″h x 12″w), a half-page ad (6.5″h x 5.5″w), or a quarter-page ad (3.25″h x 6″w).

Honor Roll Event Sponsor — $450

Become an event sponsor at the Honor Roll level and receive the following benefits: a full-page advertisement at a $25 discount and sponsorship or registration of one Trivia Bee team, including a listing on the teams page of the Bee program.

High Honor Roll Event Sponsor — $750

Become an event sponsor at the High Honor Roll level and receive the following benefits: a full-page advertisement in a prominent location in the Bee slideshow, inclusion on the donor acknowledgment page of the Bee slideshow, sponsorship of one Trivia Bee round, and sponsorship or registration of one Trivia Bee team, including a listing on the teams page of the Bee program.

Star Student Event Sponsor — $1,500

Become an event sponsor at the Star Student level and receive the following benefits: logo presence on Trivia Bee digital media publicity, a full-page advertisement in a prominent location in the Bee slideshow, inclusion on the donor acknowledgment page of the Bee slideshow, sponsorship of one Trivia Bee round, and sponsorship or registration of one Trivia Bee team, including a listing on the teams page of the Bee program.

Head of the Class Event Sponsor — $3,000

Become an event sponsor at the Head of the Class level and receive the following benefits: logo presence on Trivia Bee event signage as well as on digital media publicity, public acknowledgment at the Bee and in media posts, an on-location 15-second video Trivia Bee clue, a full-page advertisement in a prominent location in the Bee slideshow, inclusion on the donor acknowledgment page of the Bee slideshow, sponsorship of one Trivia Bee round, and sponsorship or registration of one Trivia Bee team, including a listing on the teams page of the Bee program.

2023 Trivia Bee

Thursday, March 9, 2023

7:00 p.m.

Needham High School Cafeteria

609 Webster St

Overall Team Prizes:
1st, 2nd, & 3rd place teams

Category Prize:
Best Team Name

Mike "Sarge" Riley

Mike Riley is a Needham, MA native and a proud graduate of the Needham Public school system (Mitchell, Pollard, and Needham High).

A veteran Boston sports radio on-air personality with nearly two decades of experience behind the microphone in the Boston area, Riley, better known to his listening audience as “Sarge,” is currently a sports co-host/anchor on the Revolution, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics flagship radio station.

He is also a public address announcer at Gillette Stadium for the New England Patriots and the New England Revolution, and the Providence Friars Men’s Hockey team, while also operating his own entertainment and sports memorabilia business.

Make a Direct Donation

If you prefer to donate to the NEF directly, please use the link below. We appreciate your support!

The Needham Education Foundation, Inc. (NEF) is operated for charitable purposes and is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Donations to the NEF are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.  Please consult a tax advisor regarding specific questions about your individual deductions. Thank you for your generosity.