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Do you have a reputation as a great speller? Well, put your money where your mouth is and support Literacy Outreach at the same time at the 11th Annual Spellebration event. Scheduled for Friday, March 5, at the beautiful Hotel Colorado, the festivities begin approximately 6 p.m. with the arrival of the teams, and spelling begins 6:30-ish.

Traditionally, the fun begins with teams dressing to each year’s theme, with a prize for the best-dressed team. This year, it’s a western theme. “A little bird told me that last year’s ‘Alice in Wordland’ will be returning this year as ‘Miss Kitty,'” said Literacy Outreach Director Martha Fredendall. “It was hysterically funny last year, and we’re looking forward to more craziness this year.”

The Spellebration’s Silent Auction happens simultaneously with the spelling, and bids close at the end of a round, usually about 8 p.m. Participants and spectators may outbid others and go home with wonderful silent auction items.



Call Fredendall at 945-5282 to sign up for the event. When Literacy Outreach receives the completed entry forms and the required $200 team fee payment, the team receives a packet including the rules and three copies of the Paideia (pronounced pie day ah) study guide. Words for the competition are created by Scripts Howard, and change from year to year.

During the Spellebration, teams have fifteen 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. Members of the winning team take home plaques ” which vary with the yearly theme ” and prestigious bragging rights for the next year.



Event organizers welcome spectators to cheer on the participants. A cash bar and refreshments will be available for everyone’s enjoyment.

Last year’s championship team was the “Phat Cat Cards” from Valley View Hospital. Team members were Jeanette Refior, Darrell Vigil, and Michelle Kistner. Their team theme was “A Deck to be Reckoned With.” Will they defend their title this year? Miss Kitty is hoping they will.

“We’re still requesting silent auction items,” said Fredendall. “It’s a great event for a wonderful cause. Come out and join us and have lots of fun!”

Kay’s column, “Nonprofit Spotlight,” appears every other Monday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308.


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