We are receiving so many exciting donations for the 12th Annual Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction and we’d like to offer a preview of just a few of the items that will be up for bidding. Enjoy!
Literacy Council’s 28th Annual Spelling Bee, Beauty and the Bee, was an incredible success! We set a goal to raise $7,000 to help us to continue to provide free literacy tutoring and resources to children and adults in our community, with actual fundraising exceeding $11,000. This is an all-time record for our spelling bee events — way to go everyone!
This year’s crowned champions, Soomo Learning’s Spelling Beasts
First runner up went to team Extended Metaphors
Second runner up went to team SpellCheckYourselfBeforeYouWreckYourself
Best team costume awarded to The Queen Bees
The intense (and hilarious) competition finally found a winner after four or five (we lost count) championship spell-off rounds, with Soomo Learning’s Spelling Beasts crowned as the victors!
See the action on WLOS!
First Prize Winner The Spelling Beasts won four tickets to see David Sedaris live at the US Cellular Center on April 14.
Second Runner Up SpellCheckYourselfBeforeYouWreckYourself received a Hi-Wire Brewing group tour for up to 20 people.
Best Team Costume awarded to The Queen Bees received gift certificates to Mr. K’s Used Books, Music and More.
Highest Fundraiser Spellbound by Food received three Spirit Airlines tickets.
Second Highest Fundraiser The Queen Bees received a 10-visit pass to the JCC Aquatic Center.
A huge thank-you to all the teams who competed this year: Bees’ Knees (Janet Jennings & friends); Bees Louise (Buncombe Partnership for Children); Extended Metaphors (Flatiron Writer’s Room & Gold Leaf Literary Agency); The Southern Spelles (Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe); SpellBinders (ESOL tutor team); Spellbound by Food (Chestnut/Corner Kitchen/Chupacabra Latin Cafe); SpellCheckYourselfBeforeYouWreckYourself (Ben Fehsenfeld & friends); Spelling Beasts (Soomo Learning); Team Chai Pani (Chai Pani Restaurant); The Queen Bees (Adult Education tutor team); Those Who Spelt It Dealt It (Hobbit Hawes & friends); Word Buzzards (John Huie & friends)
Thank you to our wonderful emcee David Ostergaard; judges Peter Elgie, Robin Corden Payne, Tom Chalmers, and Emily Spies; and pronouncer Ken from the Mix 96.5 Afternoon Drive!
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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.