A Wild and Wacky Event for a Great Cause
Kalamazoo Public Library hosts the Great Grown-up Spelling Bee to benefit Ready to Read, our early childhood literacy program. The 16th Annual Great Grown-up Spelling Bee, held Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at Western Michigan University’s Bernhard Center, was another “wildly” successful event!
We raised more than $20,000 again this year, and 100% of the proceeds will be used to purchase books for Kalamazoo County children. Eleven wonderfully creative, enthusiastic and entertaining community teams competed for this year’s spelling and team spirit awards. Or heartfelt thanks goes out to our sponsors and everyone else who makes this event possible.
Download and share terrific photos of this year’s event from KPL’s Flickr Photostream!
Congratulations to the 2016 Winners!
2016 Teams & Spellers
Spellers: Jennifer Barlow, Jnique Dillard
Breakfast Optimist Club
Spellers: Julie Howes, Jeanette Meyer
Spellers: Ann Bensinger, Katelin Vandeburge
Kalamazoo & Portage Public Libraries:
Sponsored by Jeff Lee, Special Agent,
Berkshire Hathaway Home Service
Spellers: Milan Harden, Saleem Ismail
Kalamazoo RESA: Sponsored by Kalamazoo Sunrise Rotary
Spellers: Sarah Drumm, Samantha Stevens
The Ladies Library Association
Spellers: Paula Jamison, Judy Sabo
The Learning Network
Spellers: Joanna Dales, Jared Volz
PNC Grow Up Great
Spellers: Ben Boggs, Elizabeth Noel
Psi Iota Xi
Spellers: Kristin Hammond, Brenda Orwig
Public Media Network
Spellers: Jake Andrews, Bronwyn Drost
Spellers: Stephanie Somers, Anthony VanEs