Corporate Spelling Bee



The State Street Channel Center was buzzing with activity at the 30th Corporate Spelling Bee held on Thursday, April 11, 2019!

Congratulations to the 2019 champion IBM team with spellers Todd Chase, Tom Kinzer, and James Vander Poel! The winning word was ‘sphygmomanometer’, an instrument for measuring blood pressure in the arteries. IBM has competed in every Bee since 1990 and this team has competed together for many of those years. Watch the championship swarm here!


For 30 years, Greater Boston businesses and service providers like BNY Mellon, Citi, Eaton Vance Investment Managers, and IBM, field teams of spellers to compete for the trophy. Attendees are treated to drinks, dinner, and a few hours of entertaining competition. The evening’s proceeds support our ongoing work to help adult learners, their teachers and their programs.

Sponsor a Team

Corporate sponsorship is an investment that provides an unparalleled return by having an ongoing impact on the workforce in our communities. Several levels of sponsorship are available from $3500 Spelling Team sponsorship to the $50,000 “Frederick Douglas Sponsor”. Plan to join the fun and put your corporate stamp on this important cause — contact Jamie Ayer for details at jayer@firstliteracy.org or 617.482.3336 x114.

Host a Mini-Bee

Many organizations that participate in the Corporate Spelling Bee hold preliminary mini-bees to determine the team that will represent them at the main event every April. Each mini-bee is unique, and First Literacy is here to help make this a great team-building experience for employees.

For information on how your company can participate, please contact Jamie Ayer at jayer@firstliteracy.org or 617.482.3336 x114.

Thank you to our generous 2019 Sponsors…

American Moving & Installation
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
Amundi Pioneer Asset Management
Bain Capital Community Partnership
BlackRock
Bloomberg Philanthropies
BNY Mellon
Brookline Bank
Cabot Corporation
Charles Schwab & Co.
The Chiofaro Company
Citi
Connell Limited Partnership
Continental Resources
Corderman & Company
Cushman & Wakefield
Deloitte
Eastern Bank
Eaton Vance Investment Managers
EchoStor
Eliassen Group
Gibson Sotheby’s
IBM
John Hancock Investments
K & L Gates
KPMG LLP
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Linedata
MFS Investment Management
Newmark Knight Frank
Nixon Peabody LLP
Putnam Investments
PwC
Rasky Partners, Inc.
Seyfarth Shaw 
Signature Consultants
State Street
United Way of Massachusetts Bay
WGBH
WilliamsMarston

…and Bee-Cause Raffle donors!

America’s Test Kitchen
American Moving and Installation
Anonymous
Blue State Coffee
BNEG
Boston Wine Exchange
Brookline Booksmith
Democracy Brewing
Eaton Vance Investment Managers
Flour Bakery + Cafe
The Honey Exchange
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The ICA
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Jillian’s Lucky Strike
J.P. Licks
MASS MoCA
Michael Patrick MacDonald
Murphy Hesse Toomey & Lehane LLP
The Museum of Science
The New England Aquarium
The New England Patriots Foundation
The New Rep Theatre
Peter Welch’s Gym
Ritz-Carlton Boston Common
Sheepscot River Pottery
SpeakEasy Stage Company
The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute

For information on how your company can participate next year, please contact Jamie Ayer at jayer@firstliteracy.org or 617.482.3336 x114.