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The Corporate Spelling Bee combines fun, food, laughter, and genius in a great community-wide event. As local businesses and organizations spell their way to success, they also help raise awareness of literacy efforts in the Tarrant County area.
Proceeds of the Bee support the mission of the Tarrant Literacy Coalition, which works to improve the quality and increase the quantity of adult literacy services for adults in and around Tarrant County.
Pick your starters. Each team is comprised of three (3) adult spellers chosen by the sponsoring business or organization. In addition, each team is encouraged to have an alternate speller in case someone cannot attend the day of the Bee.
Plan your strategy. Hold practice meetings and study "Spell-It" books provided by the Coalition. Teams designate a lead speller to speak for the team, and because the competition is fierce, make sure to practice your favorite spelling technique.
Recruit your cheering squad. Team spirit isn't just for the spellers. Encourage enthusiasm and team participation by holding a qualifying internal spelling bee, supporting the spellers with a cheering section, or by crafting a team name...and even costumes!
The competition starts out with a warm-up round of words related to the industry or field of expertise of the sponsoring organization. Don't forget the Wordmaster is willing to assist teams by using the word in a sentence. Trust us, ask for a sentence - and a definition! Following rounds will quickly increase in difficulty until the Champion is declared.
Sound rigorous? Arduous? Formidable? Daunting? The Bee is all of that and much, much more!
As a reward for bravery and savvy, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams receive gift bags full of certificates and prizes from great local restaurants, stores, and sporting venues who generously donate to make the prize packages worth thousands of dollars! The 1st place winner is also awarded the beautiful traveling Corporate Spelling Bee trophy, with the team name engraved on a plaque. And to add a little flair to the evening, we give a prize to the team that creates the "Best Buzz" with the audience, so our teams REALLY get into the spirit of the night with costumes, signs and so much more!
There are a number of different ways you can get involved in the Bee. Contact us for more details. We are especially grateful to the 2014 Corporate Spelling Bee sponsors, listed below.
Red & Julie Goldstein
Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Texas Christian University
Dennis V. and Kathryn B. Thompson
Acme Brick Company
Bank of Texas
Cook Children's Health Care System
Mark and Jill "JR" Labbe
Roger and Jane Nober
Mayor Betsy Price
Reitman Consulting Group
Rotary Club of Fort Worth
Rylander, Clay & Opitz, LLP
The Stayton at Museum Way
Tarrant County College District
Teak Tree Capital
Texas Wesleyan University
Joan Trew of Williams Trew Sotheby's International Realty
United Way of Tarrant County
The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel
North Texas LEAD
Oncor Electric Delivery
Mrs. Renfro's Gourmet Salsa
You can also support the Bee with prize donations and individual ticket purchases. Contact us for more information.