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, 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

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 March and April.

Thank You to Our 2024 Valedictorian Sponsors!


Thank You to Our 2024 Head of the Class Sponsor!

Thank You to Our 2024 Star Student Sponsor!

Thank You to Our 2024 High Honor Roll Sponsor!

Thank You to Our 2024 Honor Roll Sponsors!


Thank You to Our Generous Event Sponsors!

Refreshments and Balloons donated by Roche Bros.
Flowers donated by Volante Farms
Cupcakes donated by Treat Cupcake Bar
Graphic Design donated by Emerge Design Group

Advertising Sponsors

Brookline Bank, The Bulfinch Group, Carrie Reddish DMD, Chestnut Dental, Commonwealth Learning Center, Condon Realty, Copley Motorcars, Dedham Savings, Engaging Minds, Glicksman Orthodontics, Needham Pediatrics, Provider Group, The Ralph Leader Family, Representative Denise Garlick, Temple Beth Shalom

School Team Sponsors

Babson College, Broadmeadow PTC, Commonwealth Learning Center, Condon Realty, Copley Motorcars, Eliot PTC, Mitchell PTC, High Rock/Pollard PTC, Needham High School PTC, Needham School Committee, Needham Women’s Club, Sunita Williams PTC

Raffle Donors

A New Leaf, Abbott’s Frozen Custard, Bagels’ Best, Barre 3 Needham, Blue on Highland, Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, Burn Boot Camp, Cafe Fresh Bagel, Cappella, Card My Yard, Cookie Monstah, éclatantMD Aesthetics, Elizabeth Grady, French Press Bakery & Cafe, Goldfish Swim School, Gray’s Anatomy Academy, Hazel’s Bakery, Hearth Pizzeria, Hometown Arcade, The James Pub & Provisions, Learning Express, Needham Bowlaway, Needham Center Fine Wines, Needham Day Spa, Needham Garden Center, Needham HS Athletics, Needham House of Pizza, Needham Music, Needham Police Working Dogs, New England Patriots, The Peaceful Pooch, PEX Health and Fitness, Portal to Adventure, Proud Mary Gifts, PVCK, Reveler Beverage Company, Serenity Nail Spa, Sew Easy, Shaolin Studios Martial Arts, Sheraton Needham, Simon and Sons, StretchMED Needham, Sweet Basil, Trader Joe’s, Valeo Futbol Club, Volante Farms

Thank you to the Needham Channel for recording and broadcasting the Trivia Bee.

2024 Trivia Bee

Thursday, March 14, 2024

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.