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Non-Profit Happenings February 2014

Adult Spelling Bee

Moab Adult Spelling BeeEducation Foundation to host 3rd Annual Moab Adult Spelling Bee February 27 at Moab’s Historic Star Hall!

Do you love a challenge with a little competition? Do you love having a great time, while working for a great cause? Here is the opportunity for you. Grand County Education Foundation (GCEF) is hosting the 3rd Annual Adult Spelling Bee from 6:30-8:30 PM, February 27 at Star Hall, 159 E. Center St, Moab.

What is an Adult Spelling Bee? As a competitor, your three-person team takes turns with other teams to determine the correct spelling of a word. Each team has a scribe who writes the spelling of the word on a whiteboard and shows it to the judges and the audience.

“Lawyers compete with the school board; radio personalities compete against bankers. Everyone dresses in crazy costumes. It’s a blast,” said board member Valerie Brown.

Rounds progress through different levels of difficulty until two teams remain for the spell-off. Prizes are awarded not only for the winning team of spellers, but also for the team having the best costumes. All spectators and participants are eligible for an array of fabulous door prizes. Spectators can also expect a night of thought provoking moments as you try to spell the words and plenty of laughs.

Team Entry Fee is $180. Registration will be accepted until Monday, February 24. Word study lists and event details will be sent to each team member after registration. Spectator admission is $5.

The Grand County Education Foundation brought the adult spelling bee to Moab in 2011. It is a signature fundraiser that highlights the educational mission of the foundation. The sole purpose of the foundation is to support and enhance the education of children in Grand County. The Grand County Education Foundation raises funds through grant writing, leveraging funds from individuals and organizations and fundraising events like this one.

To date the foundation has been able to help in disbursement of over $70,000. Foundation Chair, Danette Johnson notes, “The foundation is making a difference in the lives of Moab’s children.GCEF has funded projects that help provide early intervention for our youngest learners; funding salaries for art and music teachers; purchasing licenses for online math and reading programs. They also help Marching Band, GCHS Swim Team and the Mountain Bike Club. GCEF assists student travel to places like New Orleans for the Middle School Quiz Bowl, 5th grader field trip to Boston, and other field trips that enhance their learning experience.

To become a team sponsor or to put together a team of your own, please call Valerie at 260-2808 or Melodie at 259-9797, email or go online at

Established in 2009, The Grand County Education Foundation is a 501©(3) non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to fund educational projects, activities, and programs to benefit students in Grand County.
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