Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy Adult Spelling Bee fundraiser Oct. 19 raised about $3,750 for the area non-profit.
Held at the Van Buren High School Fine Arts Auditorium, the annual fundraiser continues to grow in team participation, door prize donations, in-kind contribution and audience attendance, said Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy Director Dee Carroll.
“It was a success and we had a lot of fun,” Carroll said. “We at CCVL are very appreciative of the school district allowing us to use their facilities, and the community’s support.”
There were three new entrants this year, and four of the 12 participating teams signed up as “silver sponsors,” donating $500 to the CCVL beyond the $175 base entry fee, Carroll said.
First, second and third place trophies were presented along with individual medallions to each of the team members. A “furst aut” award was given to the first team to be eliminated and the audience determined the best costumed cheer team based on their effort to support their team, Carroll said.
First place in the adult spelling bee went to Beall Barclay and Company, made up of Rachael McGrew, Michael Watson and Anna St. John.
Centennial Bank won second place. The team was made up of Jessica Phillips, Jonathan Warren and Laura Phillips.
Third place winners were the Williams Florists team of Morgan Mullins, Robbie Spoon and Jan Pendergrass.
Generations Bank won first place for its cheer team made up of Peggy Pierson, Stacey Smith, Kesha Woolsey, Leslie Thomas, Brandi Abel, Jessica Odom, Laura McMillan, Natalie Pierson and Kelcee McMillan.
Spelling bee judges were Van Buren Mayor Bob Freeman and Dolores Chitwood.
Individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the community donated door prizes for the event.
Proceeds from this fundraising event help pay for operational costs, educational literature, instructional equipment, tutor training and recruitment and retention, Carroll said.
“The benefits of this effort are worthwhile for our students and for the community,” Carroll said. “The ability to succeed in the demands of daily life found at home and in the workplace leads to a personal fulfillment for the individual, bringing them a sense of accomplishment and capability. For this, the community can be proud.”
This was the sixth year for the event.