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Our Tenth Annual Spelling Bee Was a Great Success!

“In the great tradition of the Spelling Bee, there was an amazing group of people, lots of laughter along with some great spelling that came together for a special evening!”
– Executive Director, Kirsten Levinsohn

The staff was thrilled to see all our families and friends log in at once and start chatting with each other and wave to familiar faces over zoom! Participants logged in from across the country and this is exactly what makes the virtual event so special!

It was so wonderful to see all our participants creative costumes, cool backgrounds, adorable pets, and neat Kahoot names pop up on our screens. As the night progressed, we had about 100 people join the Bee and 64 Kahoot players logged in. Some were individual players, others were family groups, and three families logged into zoom from their driveway and projected the event on a screen by a camp fire! They had to be both precise and speedy as they looked through four spelling variations of each word for the correct answer. We had winners from each round as well as overall winners!

Thanks to our Emcee, Ray Andrewsen, the night was filled with fun jokes and encouragement as the players strived for the top scores. Our Word Pronouncer, Shana Schneider did an excellent job at saying even the toughest words and made the night come to life with her cheerful voice and creative headbands! Thanks to all our supporters, we raised $17,570 in total!

We are so thankful to our Sponsors for supporting our programs through this event!

2021 Gold Sponsors:


2021 Silver Sponsors:

William Reese Company


Suzio-York Hill

The Russell Hall Company, Inc.

Claire’s Corner Copia

Yale Center for British Art

2021 Bronze Sponsors:

Carol Bailey and Laurie Desmet

Nappo Wealth Advisory Group

Yale University Office of New Haven and State Affairs

Writers Desk

Yale New Haven Hospital

Jacobs & Jacobs Injury Lawyers

Click to watch our “Bee Retrospective” and discover the total raised to fund literacy programs in 10 years of the Bee!