19th Annual Adult Spelling Bee

  • Congrats to Spellicans! -- Thanks to All Spellers & Sponsors

    ICTV Newswatch reported on the Bee! http://tinyurl.com/BeeonICTV

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    • Spell

      Participate in the Bee by registering your team of three spellers.

      Spell

    • Sponsor

      Sponsor a team or a speller, and support the Bee. All funds go directly to IPEI grants for teachers.

      Sponsor

    • Spectate & More

      Learn more about our fun, family-friendly event and ways to support the Bee.

      Spectate & More

    IPEI’s 2017 Adult Spelling Bee featured 32 spelling teams– three team members each – with entry fees covered by many generous team sponsors. Additional gifts of all sizes can be made through March 5 as the spellers and teams compete for prizes awarded to top fundraisers as well as for best spellers!

    The Bee event program is available online and in print.  Thanks to our generous event sponsors, all proceeds from the Bee directly fund grants for ICSD teachers with innovative ideas.

    Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for the fun-filled gathering that draws a large crowd of all ages eager to watch the teams of spellers in four preliminary rounds. Teams  representing local businesses, schools, and community groups brought cheering sections as they battled it out to make it to the championship round vying for the Fuzzy Bee trophy. 

    Throughout the event that began at 2:00 p.m., a play area was available for children accompanied by a parent or caregiver. The Silent Auction included many wonderful items donated by these local businesses. Complimentary refreshments were provided by Cornell Catering, and a photo booth provided by Remembox was on site for spellers and spectators to capture their memories of the fun! The drawing of the winning ticket in the quilt raffle rounded out the fun.

    When IPEI was founded 20 years ago, Ralph Jones proposed adult spelling bees as fun fundraisers that would generate community support for ICSD teachers and students. This year’s Adult Spelling Bee honored his many years assisting with IPEI and its signature event; Jones presided as “King Bee”.

    Last year’s Bee piloted a spelling competition format based on the Bozeman School Foundation, Montana. With this approach, teams in each round were given the same words to spell at the same time, and the pace of spelling increased. 

    To add another layer of challenge, the format for the final Championship round remained a surprise.  Words related to the Discovery Trail organizations were used and competitors needed to spell aloud, as in previous Spelling Bees.

    Contact the Spelling Bee Committee, ipei@ipei.org to get involved or with questions. Co-chairs are Steve Manley, steven.manley@ipei.org, and Jennifer Biloski, jbiloski@twcny.rr.com, 607-256-4734 (IPEI).

     

  • Learn about grants funded by the Spelling Bee

  • Bee Buzz

    Bee a part of the buzz! Follow what’s being said about the Bee by spellers, sponsors, and spectators, as well as by IPEI, ICSD, and community fans of IPEI grants and of spelling!

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  • Spectate & More

    Learn more about our fun, family-friendly event including a photo booth by Remembox, and a parent and child play area. Learn about other ways to support the Bee.

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  • Event Sponsors

    Thanks to all of our corporate sponsors whose support covers all event expenses so team sponsorships directly support grants for teachers.

    Blue Ribbon Champion Sponsor for 2017
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    The Ainslie Reilly Group

    Red Ribbon Finalist Sponsor
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        Gold Ribbon Sponsors
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    Key Event Partners
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    For more information or to make a donation to sponsor an individual or a team over the phone please call (607)256-4734

     

    IMG_7995Read about the 2015 Bee

    Over 300 members of the community of all ages gathered for the IPEI Adult Spelling Bee on Sunday, March 1 in the Ithaca High Wellness Center Gym. The 17th annual event featured 28 spelling teams of three adults each competing for the championship Fuzzy Bee trophy and raising $26,000 for IPEI’s grants for teachers.

    I.H.S. Bee-T-A, representing the Ithaca High School PTA, was victorious spelling “idiosyncratic” after Highway to Spell from Cayuga Radio Group misspelled it. Following four preliminary rounds with seven teams in each, four finalist teams advanced to the championship round including We Spell Krazy Good and the Bunco Bees. In addition, the Caroline Bee-tniks were recognized for having the Best Costumes and Most Spirit. The ICSD Librarians known as #icsdlibs raised the most funds for their team entry.

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