2018 Authors event updates

 
Each year we strive to improve the annual Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction. Last year we introduced a Buy It Now section of the silent auction which allows you to choose an item without competing bids and pay immediately. It was a hit and we will continue with that option. 
 
This year, in an effort to reduce checkout lines, we will provide you with a link where you can pay for your auction items and/or your Fund A Need pledges on your mobile device. 
 
At 9pm if you have auction items to pick up you will find an “Already Paid” line where you will show the email confirmation of payment, receive your auction items, and off you go!

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The Literacy Council Partners with Give!Local

The Literacy Council has been selected to participate in Give!Local. Mountain Xpress started Give!Local in 2015 and the program raised over $39,000 for 30 area nonprofits in its inaugural year. Since then, each year has seen an increase in the amount raised for local nonprofit agencies.
 
Between November 1 and December 31 the Give!Local website makes it quick and easy to give a little or a lot to multiple causes on the same webpage. 
 
Through our ongoing partnership with Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe, we are able to offer an incentive to Give!Local donors who give to the Literacy Council of Buncombe County. Give!Local donors to the Literacy Council who give $50-$99 will receive a $5 coupon for Malaprop’s. Donors who give $100 and up will receive a $15 coupon for Malaprop’s.
 
Coupons will be available for pick-up at Malaprop’s one week after the donation is processed. They will be redeemable for in-store purchases at Malaprop’s through the end of February and must be used in one visit. 
 
In addition to any tax benefits donors receive, Give!Local rewards all donors giving $20 or more.
 
Please visit Give!Local here: https://givelocalguide.org to donate to the Literacy Council and many other local nonprofits! 
 
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2018 Authors Auction Sneak Preview!

We are just over a month away from our largest event of the year. Thursday November 29 we have the honor of hosting Barbara Kingsolver as the featured author at the 11th Annual Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction.

Every year before the dinner and presentation, we have an amazing silent auction of generously donated items from local artists, restaurants, theaters, museums, and others.

We will feature a “Buy It Now” section as we did last year. If you choose to Buy It Now (either at the bottom of a regular item’s bid sheet or by purchasing a specialty “Buy It Now Only” item), you may pay for Buy It Now items on the spot, without waiting in the check-out line at the end of the evening.

THREE ADVANTAGES TO BUY IT NOW:

  • No one can out-bid you
  • You may check out any items that you purchase at a Buy It Now price immediately
  • Your gift will make a significant difference for Literacy Council students

This year we will also be offering some new options for a more speedy checkout–be sure to bring your mobile device if you don’t want to wait in line!

We are so appreciative of our in kind donors that make this auction possible.

 

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2018 Spelling Bee is a Happy Success

The Literacy Council’s 27th Annual Spelling Bee crowned Malaprop’s Buzz Killz as this year’s winners.

The Buzz Killz in all their crowed glory.

The Imagination Librarians judged the event with aplomb despite the weight of their wigs.

JB Media provided the entire judges panel this year, The Imagination Librarians, left to right: Sarah Yerkey, Tara Mele, Dolly Parton, Leah Shapiro, and Mandy Gardner.

It was a fierce competition that came down to the final three teams: The Words & The Bees (Soomo Learning), The Phonetix (ESOL Tutor Team), and The Buzz Killz (Malaprop’s). After The Words & The Bees were eliminated, The Phonetix and The Buzz Killz went head to head to the finish. 

HUGE thanks you to all the teams that competed this year!

Bee Magic—Lily Stejskal
Beenut Butter Spelly Time—Buncombe Partnership for Children & Spellbound Bookshop
The Buzz Kills—Malaprop’s Book Store
The Phonetix – ESOL Tutor Team led by Ben Fehsenfeld
The Stone Cold Jane Austens—Pack Memorial Library
Tremendous Tutors—ESOL Tutor Team 2 led by Sarah Oram
Scattered & Smothered—Jasper Adams
The Words & The Bees – Soomo Learning

BIG bee hugs and thanks to all our in kind donors!

Asheville Bee Charmer 
Asheville Tourists 
Barbara Swell
Chestnut 
Cosmic Groove
Grail Moviehouse
Harvest Records
The Hop
JCC 
Kilwin’s
LaZoom 
Moog 
Nantahala Outdoor Center 
The Gorge/ Green River Adventures 
Southern Highland Craft Guild
YWCA 

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The 27th Annual Spelling Bee Team Registration Open Now!

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Don’t Worry, BEE Happy! 
The Spelling Bee is back for its 27th year

Bibliophiles, word-nerds, and linguists: Save the Date!

Wednesday April 4, 2018 
at The Mothlight
6-9:00 pm
 

Recruit two friends to complete your team and sign up to compete in the most spirited and outrageous word challenge of your lives. Choose your teammates carefully — they must have both spelling and concentration skills in order to disregard the pandemonium caused by a costumed, cheering audience.

How does it work?

  • Recruit two friends and register your team by calling 828-254-3442 or emailing luann@litcouncil.com. Once you register, you’ll get a team packet that includes event rules, study materials, and fundraising suggestions
  • Choose your team name and plan costumes (optional, but there are prizes for best costume!)
  • Study the word list provided
  • Raise funds online or make a personal donation to cover your team’s entry fee of $250
  • Encourage your own personal cheering squad to come and support your team from the audience
10 Audience Ticket

Why participate?

  • It’s fun! Unleash your inner geek and join us for a zany, raucous good time
  • You can cheat! Teams that raise funds over the entry fee can pilfer an easier word or purchase clues
  • The top finishers win generous prizes, but no one walks away empty-handed. Every speller receives a prize
  • Your team could be crowned “Best Spellers in Buncombe County!”

How much does it cost?

Teams contribute a collective $250 to participate. Most teams raise this amount (and more) by encouraging friends, coworkers, family members, and others to sponsor them. We provide access to Give Lively, a fun and simple fundraising web site. Even infinitesimal donations can add up to a cheat-worthy stash! We will also offer some pointers on using social media to reach more people who want to support literacy. You have until the day of the event to raise the funds.

I had So! Much! Fun! participating in last year’s Spelling Bee. My husband came to watch the competition, heard about the Literacy Council, and was really moved by the video. He had been looking for an opportunity to volunteer and felt tutoring with the Literacy Council was so important he signed right up! It’s been great to watch his passion and commitment for it grow over the past year. (He calls his lesson preparation “homework” and that always makes me smile.)

 

Let’s get serious for a moment.

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County works to increase comprehensive literacy and English language skills through specialized instruction by trained tutors and access to literacy resources. In 2016/17, 249 volunteer tutors gave over 16,000 hours of direct reading, writing, and English language tutoring to over 300 students. We also mailed new children’s books monthly to over 600 pre-kindergarten children through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Our students gain self-confidence and develop the self-sufficiency to improve their lives as individuals, parents, workers, and citizens. As always, proceeds from the Spelling Bee benefit the work of the Literacy Council of Buncombe County.

Are you eager to compete?

We limit the competition to 15 teams, so be sure to reserve your spot by contacting LuAnn today at luann@litcouncil.com or 828-254-3442 ext. 206.

Text to donate: 1-844-544-7171 – 2018BEEThe Mothlight

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