Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap (LASS) outreach co-ordinator Jen Findlay is sending out “huge thanks” to all of the businesses, organizations and individuals who supported the second Annual LASS Team Spelling Bee fundraiser on Friday, May 1 at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort.
More than $13,000 was raised to support local literacy initiatives such as the One to One reading program, Cyber Seniors Computer Tutoring, Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week, etc.
“It is so wonderful to see the community pull together for a good cause and have a lot of fun at the same time,” said Findlay.
“The energy of some of the teams was contagious – especially the Daybreak Rotary Spehll Chekers and the Shuswap Rotary Club Mad Hatters.”
Findlay says the co-ordinated team theme-wear of some teams like the ReMax Bar-Beez, the DPAC Spell Checks, and the Mall at Piccadilly Piccadillasaurs also garnered kudos from Findlay. She says many of the 130 participants commented on how much fun the event was and how great it was for team-building, with all of the team activities and creative spelling attempts.
For the second year in a row a local book club, the Kween Beez, beat out the competition to take home the coveted Team Spelling Bee plaque.
The Salmon Arm SilverQuacks doctors’ team were a close second.