GEF sets April 27 for Gran-Bee

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“Hiving” a hankering for trivia? “Beeing” done with the winter weather? The Buzz that has people thinking spring is the 15th Annual Gran-Bee on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Granby Memorial High School auditorium. Trivia questions featuring topics from Granby, music and history, to science, pop culture, plus jokes and silly costumes make for a fun family event.

Want to “bee” a part of this? Want to see how your trivia skills stack up? Register your swarm, team of friends, colleagues, or civic organizations. The Gran-Bee draws participation from local businesses, community groups, friends and families across the community. It’s a fast-paced event filled with laughter, skill and sometimes the unexpected.

Some of your favorite teams and players will be back along with the Bee’s busiest sponsors. Local “buzz-nesses” have supported the Bee for many years including Simsbury Bank, the Farmington Valley YMCA, Northwest Community Bank, Lost Acres Orchard, MeadowBrook of Granby and Arrow Concrete Products. New to the hive are Fredo Landscaping, The Barn and Han Restaurants, Beehive Home and Granby Dental Center. These wonderful sponsors are the Buzzzzz.

In front of a full house, last year’s winners, The Holcomb Harvesters (Eric Lukingbeal, Sally King and Karyn Corder), flew away with trophies and a six-month individual membership to the Farmington Valley YMCA. The Worker Bees (Jeff Gilton, Glenn Cusano and Steve Newman) outfitted in the latest hardworking Bee wear fashion won the coveted Yellow Jacket Crown winners for the best costume.

The Gran-Bee is the largest fundraiser for the Granby Education Foundation (GEF). Since its inception in 2000, the GEF has underwritten over $500,000 in grants supporting our mission for continual learning for all community members through education and the arts. We are proud to have supported projects for Granby citizens such as the Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series, the outdoor performance stage at Valley Pre-School, the Summer Drama Academy with Hartford Stage, as well supporting STEM programs, robotics, emerging leadership (DECA) education and mentoring. GEF’s first project, the Salmon Brook Ecology Center located on the Granby middle and high school complex, provides students with hands-on learning experience to be environmental stewards.

The GEF is a unique Granby institution embedded in the quality of life for all of the town’s citizens. It continually provides opportunities for innovation in education, learning for all ages, and exploring the arts. By attending, forming a team, or becoming a Gran-Bee sponsor, your generous support enables the GEF to continue to be a vibrant organization helping to make Granby “The Pride of the Valley”.

Team registrations forms and business sponsorship forms are on the Granby Education Foundation website at Teams of three people aged 16 or older may register for $150.