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  • The 22nd Annual Adult Spelling Bee will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Ithaca High School. The event expenses are fully funded by our event sponsors, allowing all funds from team fundraising and the silent auction to go directly toward IPEI grants.

    What is the goal of the Annual Adult Spelling Bee?

    All the proceeds from the Adult Spelling Bee support IPEI grant programs for teachers and students. During the 2018-2019 school year, IPEI funded 42 projects and programs across the Ithaca City School District. The grants provide funding for projects, programs and performances that directly involve students and promote collaboration between the schools and the community. These innovative ideas benefit teachers and students at all grade levels at every school at the Ithaca City School District.

    What does the Bee look like?

    The IPEI Adult Spelling Bee has teams of 3 spellers competing for the Fuzzy Bee Trophy. Each team is given 30 seconds to figure out how to spell a word and once time is up, the teams present their guesses on a whiteboard. There are 4 rounds of 8 teams competing with a final round to crown the championship team.

    Become an Event Sponsor

    Our $1,000 Event Sponsor Package includes:
    • Immediate recognition on IPEI’s Spelling Bee webpages
    • Identification by name and logo in print and media beginning in January 2020
    • Table space with the option for family-friendly handouts or information distribution
    • Option to have a Spelling Bee Team space represented by your company or option to sponsor a school team
    • Option to have someone from your company to be an official Judge at the Bee
    • 1/4 page print ad in professionally designed Spelling Bee program

    Team Registration

    We will start taking team registrations for the 2020 Adult Spelling Bee starting in January 2020! Spelling Bee teams consist of three spellers.

    Teams may pay the $400.00 entry fee upfront or your team can crowdfund the entry fee.

    • What is crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the internet. Using our donation software, we have setup a crowdfunding site for your teams here: Click here to start crowdfunding.

    Advertise in our Spelling Bee Program

    The Spelling Bee program is given to each person who attends the event. Proceeds from the advertisements go back to the grant programs at IPEI. 

    The cost of business card size ad (3 1/2 in. by 2 in.) is $75.00. The artwork for these are ads need to be high resolution and submitted no later than Friday, February 14, 2020.

    For examples, take a look at our 2019 Spelling Bee Program.