Lawyer Spelling Bee Raises $14,000+ for Adult Literacy League
(November 13, 2013 — Orlando, Fla.) More than 100 supporters raised more than $14,000 competing in the Annual Lawyers for Literacy Spelling Bee in October.
“We had 100 attendees and seven enthusiastic teams!” says Jennifer Grozio, development director for the Adult Literacy League (ALL).
The winners, who took home bragging rights for an entire year, were Terri Spoon and Michael Grossman, spelling for the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association. Second place went to the spellers representing SeaWorld Orlando, Hugh Mills and Norman Moss.
For 10 years, a spelling bee was the signature fundraiser for ALL. In 2010, a group of young attorneys added their own spin to the event to raise awareness of the importance of adult and family literacy among the legal community, creating the Lawyers for Literacy Spelling Bee. The event has since raised more than $73,000.
A special thank you goes out to Capital Bee Sponsor SeaWorld Orlando, and the evening’s volunteer officials:
- Judge Robert LeBlanc, Circuit Judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit
- Jim Payne, Anchor, WESH TV
- Dr. Thaddeus Seymour, President Emeritus, Rollins College
- Tim Bottorff, Head Librarian, Universal Orlando Foundation Library, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, UCF
- Erica Lee, WLOQ, “Wake up with Erica”
Planning Committee members included: Davis Lewis, Co-Chair, Hightower, Stratton, Wilhelm; Melinda Wimbish, Co-Chair, Liberty Acquisitions Servicing, LLC; Eric Elms, Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, P.A.; Kayla Mudge, Killgore, Pearlman, Stamp, Ornstein & Squires, P.A.; Amanda Perry, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.; C. Andrew Roy, Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A.; and Jennifer White, Estes, Ingram, Foels & Gibbs, P.A.
The annual spelling bee raises awareness and funds for the League, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides literacy services and information to eager learners in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. Proceeds from the event will benefit the 3,000 active students in one-to-one tutoring and classes at ALL. The funds will also be used to purchase books and learning materials for the more than 600 families enrolled in the Read to Me! Book Club family literacy program.
The Adult Literacy League is the premier provider of literacy services and information in Central Florida. For 44 years, the League has taught thousands of adults to read, write and communicate better in English. The organization provides one-to-one tutoring, classes and family literacy programs in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. The League serves 3,000 adult learners and over 600 low-income preschool children through its adult and family literacy programs.