EVENTS

Spelling Bee

Thank you to all those that made the First Literacy 32nd Spelling Bee a success!

On Thursday, April 7th First Literacy hosted its 32nd Spelling Bee. Thank you to all those that joined us in supporting education, equity and the hard work of those who are pursuing education as a pathway to improving their lives. Thanks to your generosity the 32nd Spelling Bee raised over $250,000!

Congratulations to the team at Eaton Vance (David Zigas, Kate Johnson, Miles Ferguson) … winners of the First Literacy 32nd Spelling Bee! If you were not able to tune in on April 7th check out the recording below. 

This year the event was open to anyone that wanted to come together to sponsor a team. Families, community groups, and corporate teams put their spelling skills to the test in support of adult literacy and a chance to take home the First Literacy Spelling Bee trophy.

Proceeds from the event support First Literacy’s work including: free professional development workshops for adult educators, scholarships for adult students attending college or vocational programs, and grants for innovative Adult Basic Education pilot programs.

 

Thank You to Our Host Committee
Lou Maiuri, Honorary Chair, State Street
Josh Binswanger
John Capone | KPMG
Robert Chesley | Citi
Steven Duncan | BNY Mellon
Debra Gould | Newmark
Geraldine Lippman and Carlos Pinto |AST
Kevin McGovern | Deloitte
Ryan Murphy | UBS
Matthew Nichols | Franklin Templeton
Sandra Urie and Frank Herron | Cambridge Associates
Margarheeta Wise | MFS

Thank You to Our Bee Committee
Jeffrey Beale | Board Chair
Corey Groves
Nilan Jasaysinghe | Co-Chair
Ann Noble-Kiley
Jim Nolan | Co-Chair

 

2022 SPONSORS TO DATE
Morgan Stanley Logo First Literacy Sponsor
Eaton Vance Logo First Literacy Spelling Bee Sponsor
BNY Mellon Spelling Bee Sponsor
Citi Logo First Literacy Spelling Bee Sponsor
Franklin Templeton First Literacy Spelling Bee Sponsor
  • American Moving & Installation
  • AST
  • Brookline Bank
  • Cambridge Associates
  • Christopher Walsh
  • Crimson Lion Foundation
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Fahey Family Foundation
  • Gensler
  • Gibson Sotheby’s International Real Estate
  • Jeffrey Beale
  • John Hancock
  • Karen Morrissey
  • Liberty Mutual
  • K&L Gates
  • KPMG
  • MFS Investment Management
  • Newmark Group
  • Patti Quigley
  • Putnam Investments
  • PwC
  • Ropes & Gray
  • RSM
  • Seyfarth Shaw
  • Signature Consultants
  • UBS
  • United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

SPONSOR LEVELS

Frederick Douglass – $50,000

  • Verbal recognition during the event
  • Two Bee teams of three individuals to compete
  • Prominent listing on the First Literacy website
  • Social media posts, press releases, and print advertising
  • Logo or team name prominently featured throughout the event
  • Listing in our Annual Report

Ralph Waldo Emerson – $25,000

  • Verbal recognition during the event
  • One Bee Team of three individuals to compete
  • Prominent listing on the First Literacy website
  • Social media posts, press releases, and print advertising
  • Logo or team name prominently featured throughout the event
  • Listing in our Annual Report

Emily Dickinson – $15,000

  • One Bee team of three individuals to compete
  • Prominent listing on the First Literacy website
  • Social media posts, press releases, and print advertising
  • Logo or team name prominently featured throughout the event
  • Listing in our Annual Report

Henry David Thoreau – $10,000

  • One Bee team of three individuals to compete
  • Prominent listing on the First Literacy website
  • Social media posts, press releases, and print advertising
  • Logo or team name prominently featured throughout the event
  • Listing in our Annual Report

Louisa May Alcott – $5,000

  • One Bee team of three individuals to compete
  • Listing on the First Literacy website
  • Social media posts, press releases, and print advertising
  • Logo or team name prominently featured throughout the event
  • Listing in our Annual Report

Teammate – $3,500

  • One Bee team of three individuals to compete
  • Listing in our Annual Report and on our website

Supporter – $1,500

  • Listing in our Annual Report and on our website