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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Holiday Pint Night at New Belgium

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A Corporate Culture of Generosity

Because New Belgium Brewing is 100% employee owned, and Liquid Center workers are full-time, benefited employees, all tips are donated to nonprofits. Employees have the opportunity to nominate tip donation recipients throughout the year. The Literacy Council is honored that our Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program was chosen as the recipient of tips made between Nov. 27 and Dec. 5. We are using this generous gesture as an excuse to host a holiday pint night! 

Pint Night Details

Monday, Dec. 4, 5:30-8pm
New Belgium Tasting Room
 
Literacy Council staff, board, volunteers, donors, and friends are invited to join us for this informal gathering. Tip generously because 100% will go to the Literacy Council’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program! If you cannot come the evening of Dec. 4, please stop by anytime between Monday, Nov. 27 and Tuesday, Dec. 5. During that period, all tips will be donated to the Literacy Council.
Partnering with nonprofit organizations and community involvement have always been a big part of New Belgium. It’s so important to us to show up authentically in the communities where we do business, to give back to those who have supported us along the way, and to advocate for a future that’s bright for all.”
– New Belgium Brewing

 

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National Philanthropy Day 2017

Charles Frederick of TD Bank

Charles Frederick of TD Bank speaking at the 2017 Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals WNC Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon took place Tuesday November 14, 2017 at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel.

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County was honored to be one of two agencies that nominated awardee TD Bank for Outstanding Business in Philanthropy. TD Bank has been the Platinum Corporate Partner for the Literacy Council’s Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction for six years. The Literacy Council’s Development Director, LuAnn Arena, stood with TD Bank as they were honored for their support of countless nonprofits in WNC. Also nominating TD Bank was the Buncombe County Schools Foundation.  

From the National Philanthropy Day Program:

[TD Bank is] committed to helping build stronger communities across WNC. TD believes corporate responsibility is more than just a tradition, it is an everyday commitment and a major part of our business strategy. We focus on helping to bring change to our communities and this is accomplished through multiple areas. 

TD provides support for Financial Literacy and Education such as WOW! Zone, K-12 personal finance and junior banker store visits. In addition, we strive to support our environment and to be as green as our logo. Finally, we place a strong emphasis on accessibility, diversity, and the development of our people.

Over the last three years in WNC, TD has contributed $515,000 in grants through the TD Charitable Foundation, $165,000 in Community Sponsorships and $80,000 in local marketing.

TD Bank employees have volunteered almost 1,000 hours and attended or sponsored 456 events over the past three years. 

TD Bank loves supporting our communities in WNC and [helping] this beautiful area thrive and grow. We are proud to receive this award!”

 

 

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Recap: 10th Annual Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction

The 10th Annual Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction was a sold-out event that broke records for both attendance and funds raised!

Ann Patchett, New York Times best selling author, generously donated her time and energy to make this a truly memorable event. She started by with meeting staff and board for pictures, before joining VIP guests at the Top of the Plaza. Each guest that she personally encountered walked away feeling that they had shared a special moment with the author.

Guests enjoyed glasses of Biltmore Wines on the outdoor patio and in the lobby for the silent auction. The auction had a sleek new design this year with the help of volunteers Rebecca Caldwell, Debbie Lampton, and Ceevah Stevenson. This year’s new Buy It Now table, and the option to pay for Buy It Now items on-the-spot, kept the silent auction busy throughout the entire cocktail hour. 

Hilarious emcee David Ostergaard had guests in stitches throughout dinner, while sponsor representatives from TD Bank and Biltmore Wines spoke to the history of literacy programs in our community, as well as their importance to our neighbors today. The Literacy Council’s Executive Director, Ashley Lasher, and Board Chair, Anne Bleynat, shared exciting news about the Literacy Council’s student outcome rates (some of the best in the state!) and upcoming expansion of the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. 

Adult Education student Ashley Ramey and her tutor Robbie Coleman, brought the audience to tears as Ashley shared her story, riddled with drug abuse,  a lack of education, abusive relationships, and the challenges of single parenthood. With Robbie’s help, Ashley proudly shared that she graduated from a rehabilitation/treatment facility, passed the GED this summer, and has already earned college credits towards her Associate’s Degree in Political Science. Guests flew to their feet in applause.

Ann Patchett gave a warm, often funny, and touching talk. She recounted the story of the nun who “forced” her to learn to read, and who is now a dear friend and fellow troublemaker. Ann shared that reading and writing had brought her more happiness and fulfillment in her life than anything else, and she entreated the audience to do all that they can to support others in their quest to gain literacy and English language skills.

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“Buy it Now” at the Authors for Literacy Silent Auction!

This year we are offering a new twist on the Authors for Literacy Silent Auction.

We have always offered a Buy It Now price for items at the bottom of each bid sheet. If you purchase the item at the Buy It Now price, the item is no longer up for bidding–it is guaranteed yours! 

This year there will also be one table with specially selected items that will only be Buy It Now priced — they are not up for bidding. That means if you want it, you pay the set price without having to compete with other bidders.

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

A few of this year’s items:

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