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Great Grown Up Spelling Bee

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The 250 guests heard the statistics that "one in five adults in Houston is functionally illiterate", and that funds from the event help support adult education and skills development programs in Greater Houston to reduce these numbers. A testimonial from one of the clients brought rousing applause as everyone saw the impact the literacy programs have on people's lives. The program ended with a call to action from HCL Board Chair Leisa Holland-Nelson who stressed the critical importance of helping improve adult literacy in Houston.

Thank you to all our supportors who helped make our 2018 Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee a success! This spectacular event benefits Houston Center for Literacy, the classes at its learning centers, and those of its partner organizations that support adult learners and make literacy work for Houston. Featuring a fun and competivite spelling bee for adults, the evening begins with a cocktails, followed by music and dinner. The highlight of the event is the adult spelling bee where multiple teams of two compete against each other until one emerges V-I-C-T-O-R-I-O-U-S!

We look forward to seeing you again in for our 27th annual evening of wordplay, laughter and fun with friends and neighbors. It'll be the place to BEE!

 

During the 26th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee:

On Thursday, February 8th, HCL held its 26th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee, chaired byJohn and Brigid Fitzpatrick, with Honorary Chairs, Annie and Campbell Eifler at White Oak Music Hall.

H-E-B returned again as Presenting Sponsor of this unique evening. Over a dozen teams of two competed in the Bee. Lisa Malosky, returned as "Head Mistress" for the evening. She enthusiastically encouraged audience participation to assist the spelling teams, with such clever names such asThe Stingettes, Sorry/Autocorrect, V & Bees, and Buzz Words, earn "saves" to stay in the competition. The funds raised totalled nearly $200,000, almost doubling last year's take.

The many words, misses and saves, were overseen by a Spelling Bee Panel that included attorney and logophile Linda Marshall as "Spell Master", Ruben Dominguez, morning anchor of FOX 26 as "Dean of Spelling", Ashley Turner, the First Daughter of Houston and a health care executive as "Dean of Grammar", and Ernie Manouse, Host and Content Producer on KUHT TV PBS Channel 8, as "Dean of Phonetics".

The 250 guests heard the statistics that "one in five adults in Houston is functionally illiterate", and that funds from the event help support adult education and skills development programs in Greater Houston to reduce these numbers. A testimonial from one of the clients brought rousing applause as everyone saw the impact the literacy programs have on people's lives. The program ended with a call to action from HCL Board Chair Leisa Holland-Nelson who stressed the critical importance of helping improve adult literacy in Houston.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2018 Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee!

PRESENTING SPONSOR

H-E-B                          

DIRECT OBJECT

The Cleary Family

Stephanie and Frank Tsuru  

ADJECTIVES 

Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors

CenterPoint Energy

Cordua Restaurants

ADVERBS 

Caitlin and Ryan Pickard

Lauren and Max Barrett/Leigh and Chris Joseph

Sarah and Bradley Bracewell

Bruin E&P Partners, LLC

Center Coast Capital

Annie and Campbelll Eifler/ Jenni and Nick Swyka/Sydney and Robert Eifler

Brigid and John Fitzpatrick

The Garwood Family

Coble and Jeff Jorgensen/ Peyton and Alex Popp

Klein Equities

Molly and Matt LaFauci/Carol and Allen Lyons/Sofia and Owen Massey/ Laura and Michael Pipkin/ Rachel and Sebastien Solar

On the Mark Communications

Shell Shark Tank

Vinson & Elkins, LLC                                    

SPECIAL THANKS

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Cathy Cleary

Ellie Francisco

Niki Smith

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