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Spelling can be a whole lot of fun

Nonprofit Spotlight
Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Last year, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent three-person team consisting of Dennis Webb, Charlie Wertheim and April E. Clark took third-place honors at the Spellebration spelling bee at the Hotel Colorado.

This year, doors open at 6 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Hotel Colorado for Literacy Outreach Spellebration 2008 ” A Reading Revolution. The 21st annual event will provide a full range of entertainment as spellers compete in an old-fashioned adult spelling bee.

Glenwood Springs’ adult spelling bee features three-person spelling teams. Teams and individuals interested in the challenge are encouraged to register by Feb. 28, as seating is limited.



Another facet to the Spellebration is its silent auction, which happens simultaneously with the spelling, and anyone can participate. Bids close about 8 p.m. Talk about exciting silent auction items: Just one of the items is a four-night stay in a three-bedroom flat in London, England. Another item is dinner cooked by Mark Fisher from Restaurant Six89, a one-night stay at Sunshine Ridge Guest House outside of Glenwood and breakfast at Four Mile Creek Bed and Breakfast.

Spectators are welcome, and there is no charge to cheer on the participants and share in the fun.



Literacy Outreach is asking you to board the “Yellow Submarine” and help provide adults in Garfield County with a “Ticket to Ride” to literacy. Sponsors, silent auction donations, and volunteers are also needed. To help, please call Literacy Outreach Director Martha Fredendall today at 945-5282.

Literacy Outreach will find a spelling team for anyone who would like to donate $225 but doesn’t want to spell. Spots on teams will be found for individuals who don’t have a team but who would like to participate.

Another exciting aspect of the evening is the word pass, which allows a team to skip a particular word. The word passes are available for $25 before the event, and $35 the night of the event. Passes can also be used to get a little help from a “speller helper.”

“It’s a fun event,” said Martha Fredendall. “A lot of people are passionate about it. People come in costumes revolving around the theme of the event. It’s a light-hearted evening for a great cause.”

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column runs every other Wednesday. She is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her with a news tip, call 384-9118 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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