Literacy Coalition Recruiting Teams for Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee

For more information, contact:

Kristin Calder
(561) 279-9103

Literacy Coalition Recruiting Teams for Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee
25th Annual Fundraiser Set for Oct. 20  

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., Sept. 9, 2016 – Who says spelling bees are just for kids? The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County is now registering teams for the 25th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee on October 20, at 6 p.m. at the Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace in West Palm Beach.

The entry fee for a team of three is $1,200. Nonprofit teams can compete in the Bee at a discounted rate of $1,000. The cost includes a table for eight at the event, light refreshments, and listing in the Coalition’s newsletter and web site. In this election year, participants will also enjoy a surprise patriotic word bank.

Co-chairs for this year’s Bee are Matt Turko with Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger, P.A., and Dr. Rob Gingras with Palm Beach State College. Committee members include Bernadette O’Grady, WPTV; Amanda Lundergan, Ice Legal; Kathleen Slattery, NextEra Energy; Ken Montgomery, Barnabus Consulting Group, Inc.; Katrhy Metzger, Florida Crystals; Kimberly Lea, Keiser University; and Kristin Calder, Literacy Coalition.

Sponsorship opportunities include:

  • Presenting Sponsor: $15,000
  • Nectar Sponsor: $10,000
  • Bee Hive Sponsor: $5,000
  • Honeycomb Sponsor: $2,500
  • Alphabet Letter Sponsor: $350
  • Program Ad: Full page – $400; half page – $200

Detailed benefits of each sponsorship level can be found at

Proceeds from the Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee will help fund the many programs provided by the Coalition, including Adult Literacy, After School Reads, Budding Readers, Glades Family Education, Building Better Readers, Turning Bullies into Buddies, Literacy AmeriCorps, Parent-Child Home, Reach Out and Read, Village Readers Family Education, and Workplace/Community Education.

About the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County
The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County works to improve the quality of life in our community by promoting and achieving literacy. One in seven adults in our county is unable to read and understand information found in books, newspapers and manuals and nearly half of all third graders are not reading on grade level. Through extensive outreach and collaboration with a network of community partners, the Literacy Coalition strives to ensure that individuals who need to improve their literacy skills receive the help they need. By providing services to more than 27,000 adults, children and families each year, the Literacy Coalition’s goal is for every child and every adult in Palm Beach County to be able to read.