Annual contest spells fun while raising funds
Anyone who has participated in the Spellebration event has been bitten by the Spellebration bug. Spellebration puts the fun back in fund-raising, as is the major fund-raising event for Literacy Outreach, the only organization in Garfield County providing individualized literacy instruction.The festivities are scheduled for Friday, March 4, at the Hotel Colorado. It opens at 6 p.m., and spelling starts at 6:30 p.m.Spellebration’s silent auction happens simultaneously with the spelling, and bids close about 8 p.m. Participants and spectators may outbid others and go home with wonderful silent auction items.Teams are encouraged to register early to have more time study the Paideia (pronounced pie-day-ah), so get your fee and forms in right now. Teams receive a packet including the rules and three copies of the Paideia study guide. Words for the competition are created by Scripps Howard, and change from year to year. To sign up for the event, call Literacy Outreach Executive Director Martha Fredendall at 945-5282. Literacy Outreach will find a spelling team for anyone who would like to donate $200 but doesn’t want to spell. And spots on teams will be found for individuals who don’t have a team but who would like to participate. Teams have 15 seconds after the last pronunciation of their word to collaborate and correctly spell the word. Word passes, allowing the team to skip a particular word, are available for $25 before the event, and $35 the night of the event. If a team needs help for a particularly tough word, a “Speller Helper” will spell a word for the team for two word passes. This year’s theme is “The Garden of Reading – Sowing the Seeds of Literacy.” Members of the teams dress to the theme, and there is a best costume prize.Besides the best costume prize, prizes are awarded for the first, second and third placed teams, the team bringing in the most donations, corporate sponsors, and the first team out of the competition.Event organizers welcome spectators to cheer on the participants. A cash bar and refreshments will be available for everyone’s enjoyment.Kay Vasilakis’s column, “Nonprofit Spotlight,” appears every other Wednesday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308 or 945-8515, ext. 513, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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