2019 Spelling Bee Exceeds Goals

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.

First Runner Up Extended Metaphors won three fun passes to Nantahala Outdoor Center and travel coffee mugs from The 828 Asheville Radio Group.

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!

A big warm hug and thank-you to our in-kind donors: The Mothlight; Mellow Mushroom; Blue Moon Water; Cecilia’s Kitchen; Black Mountain Brewing; Grace Baptist West Asheville

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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 crowned 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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