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  • What are the Top 10 Reasons to Participate in the Bee on March 5?

    The 19th Annual IPEI Adult Spelling Bee is a family-friendly community event with 32 teams of spellers – three team members each – as well as an official pronouncer, timekeeper, and eight judges. IPEI’s signature fundraising event raises funds for IPEI grants for Ithaca City School District teachers. Last year over $62,000 in grants was awarded for projects that enhance the education of ICSD students.

    The Spelling Bee begins at 2:00 p.m. and is free and open to the community, and a play area will be available for children accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Throughout the event and starting at 1:30 p.m. when the doors open, there’s a silent auction, quilt raffle, and other ways for event spectators to participate. In advance of the Bee, advertisements can be purchased in the event program, and spellers will be seeking community support.

    It’s Easy to Support Spellers and Spelling Bee Teams Online!

    Silent Auction 

    The Silent Auction offers wonderful items, so plan to arrive early to start bidding! Doors open to the public at 1:30, and bidding will continue until the start of the fourth round of the Annual Adult Spelling Bee (around 3:30).  Winners will be announced between the fourth round and the championship round. 

    View Silent Auction Items Slideshow or PDF
    Pay for your Silent Auction Item here


    Photo Booth

    New! Photo Booth provided by Remembox for spellers and spectators to capture their memories of the fun!


    ipei-quilt-card-single-2017Quilt Raffle

    Quilt raffle tickets can be purchased at the Bee, or in advance at PTA meetings; Cat’s Pajamas; Boynton Middle, DeWitt Middle and Ithaca High School winter music concerts; and the IPEI office.

    The quilt was created by retired teachers and friends of IPEI (Peggy Hill, Connie Patterson, Judy Steele and Marcie Wyant) and will be on display at DeWitt Mall during Gallery Night on February 3.

    Tickets can be paid for with cash or checks, or online here.

    Support Bee with Ads and Auction Items

    Silent Auction Donations

    Event Program Advertisements


    Other ways you can help

    Make a general donation to the Bee and support IPEI grants for teachers.

    Make a Gift
    Raise Funds Online Supporting Spellers!