In the end, the Friends of the Library Gift Shop team came up with the name of Netflix's short-lived DVD spinoff (Qwikster) to win Project Literacy's 18th Annual Trivia Bee after a three-way tie. The San Leandro Garden Club took second, followed by the Alameda County Firefighters. Last year's winners, former San Leandro City Manager John Jermanis' family, did not field a team this year,
As in past years, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Kurtz read questions for the first round and Leslie Frates, a San Leandro resident and former professor at Cal State East Bay who has appeared on the television quiz show Jeopardy 14 times, read questions for the second and third rounds. Kathy Kurtz served as the official time keeper. Students from San Leandro High School acted as scorekeepers for each of the thirty teams.
In addition to the Trivia Bee, a raffle featured an Apple iPad, Disneyland tickets, and dozens of other prizes from local businesses and individuals. Funds raised by the Trivia Bee help Project Literacy to provide literacy services to more than 200 adults and 1,500 kids each year.
Thirty teams competed in the annual fundraiser that brings in more than $10,000 each year for Project Literacy. Teams included businesses like State Roofing Systems, California Conservatory Theater, San Leandro Players, the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce, and the San Leandro Police Officers Association.