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Spelling Bee

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Test your spelling skills while supporting adult literacy!

Join us for the 34th First Literacy Spelling Bee at the State Street Channel Center in Boston on Thursday, April 11 at 6pm.  

During the Spelling Bee swarms of spellers will compete by spelling words sure to stump even the savviest of spellers. Anyone who would like to form a spelling team can do so. A minimum tax-deductible sponsorship of $3,500 funds a team of three – corporations, a group of family or friends, book groups, church groups, or any community groups that are interested in helping an organization that serves adult learners, teachers, and recent immigrants. 

If you are interested in forming a Bee team contact Amy Letteney at aletteney@firstliteracy.org

 

Thank You to Our Host Committee

Josh Binswanger
Rob Chesley | Citi
John Capone | KPMG
Deb Gould | Newmark
Eric Kayne | Morgan Stanley
Geraldine Lippman and Carlos Pinto | AST
Kevin McGovern | Deloitte
Ryan Murphy | UBS
Matthew Nicholls | Franklin Templeton
Shalini O’Suilleabhain | BNY Mellon
Keith Slattery | JP Morgan
Margarheeta C. Wise | MFS

Thank You to Our Bee Committee

Karime Abdel-Hay | Co-Chair
Jeffrey Beale
Rudy Bozas
Larry Fahey
Corey Groves | Co-Chair
Julie Paris

 

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. 

Commit to sponsoring and forming a Bee team by March 8, 2024 and your team will be guaranteed a spot in the first round of pre-recorded play. Teams that commit after March 8 will have a chance to participate in the lightning round at the in-person event but will miss the first round of competitive play.

If you missed the in-person event last year check out the round one pre-recorded video. Twenty-one teams battled it out in the first round of pre-recorded play leading up to the in person Spelling Bee. Four teams advanced to the championship round. The teams who did not advance to the finals participated in the lightning round during the in person event for a chance to take the wildcard spot in the championship round.

2024 SPONSORS TO DATE
Morgan Stanley Logo First Literacy Sponsor
BNY Mellon Spelling Bee Sponsor
SS&C Logo First Literacy Spelling Bee Sponsor
JP Morgan Logo Spelling Bee Sponsor
Franklin Templeton First Literacy Spelling Bee Sponsor
newmark logo first literacy spelling bee sponsor
  • American Moving & Installation
  • AST
  • Brookline Bank
  • Cengage
  • Citi
  • Deloitte
  • Fahey Family Charitable Fund
  • First Literacy Associate Board (FLAB)
  • Jeffrey Beale
  • KPMG
  • MFS
  • Point32Health
  • UBS

SPONSOR LEVELS

Frederick Douglass – $50,000

  • Verbal recognition during the event and prominent listing on event signage
  • Two Bee teams of three individuals to compete
  • Thirty Bee tickets
  • Prominent listing on the First Literacy website, event emails, social media posts, press releases, and print advertising
  • Logo or team name prominently featured in advertising and promotional materials
  • Listing in our Annual Report

Ralph Waldo Emerson – $25,000

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

Emily Dickinson – $15,000

  • One Bee team of three individuals to compete
  • Ten Bee tickets
  • Prominent listing on the First Literacy website, event emails, social media posts, press releases, and print advertising
  • 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
  • Eight Bee tickets
  • Prominent listing on the First Literacy website, event emails, 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
  • Five Bee tickets
  • Listing on the First Literacy website, event emails, 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
  • Three Bee tickets
  • Logo or team name featured throughout the event
  • Listing in our Annual Report

Supporter – $1,500

  • Two Bee tickets
  • Logo or name featured throughout the event
  • Listing in our Annual Report

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