recap: The Great Pittsburgh Spelling Bee of 2013

by erinohsays

bee poster by mark

bee poster by mark

This was such a fun event. My friend Mark Sepe and I acted on his idea to have a spelling bee. He’d been wanting to organize one for a while, and when he told me about it, I was like WE HAVE TO DO THIS.

We held it at Assemble on a Friday night. Mark and I acted as the judges. About 30 contestants participated and another 20 or so people came just to check it out and watch the bee go down. We raised over $200 from the event – 40% went to the 1st place winner and 60% went to the Literary Arts Boom (LAB), a free after-school arts program for youth that focuses on writing. Paula Levin is the lead experimentalist at LAB and was amazing to work with. She coordinated having us use the space and was so wonderful and happy with the outcome of the event.

There were 3 winners – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, each receiving a reclaimed trophy and prize. 1st place got cash, trophy, and a bouquet of flowers, 2nd got a gift certificate at Lili cafe and a few graphic novels, and 3rd got a gift certificate for Mind Cure records. Thanks to these awesome local businesses for donating to the bee!

Oh, and 1st place winner was determined by the misspelling of the word “eleemosynary.”

1st place winner

1st place winner

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners

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