A Wild and Wacky Event for a Great Cause
Kalamazoo Public Library hosts the Great Grown-up Spelling Bee to benefit Ready to Read, our early childhood literacy program. The 17th Annual Great Grown-up Spelling Bee, held Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at Western Michigan University’s Bernhard Center, was another “wildly” successful event!
We raised more than $20,000 again this year, and 100% of the proceeds will be used to purchase books for Kalamazoo County children. Eleven wonderfully creative, enthusiastic and entertaining community teams competed for this year’s spelling and team spirit awards. Or heartfelt thanks goes out to our sponsors and everyone else who makes this event possible.
Download and share terrific photos of this year’s event!
Congratulations to the 2017 Winners!
Special Thanks to Our 2017 Sponsors
- Friends of Kalamazoo Public Library
- PNC Grow up Great
- Kalamazoo Community Foundation
- Borgess Richland
- Borgess Woodbridge
- The Breakfast Optimist Club
- Bronson Health Care
- Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics
- Friendship Village
- Howard Printing
- The Kalamazoo Sunrise Rotary
- Ladies Library Association
- Jeff Lee, Special Agent,
- Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
- Omega Computer Services
- The Portage Lions Club
- River Run Press
- Secant Technologies
- Trestlewood Pediatrics
Book Pledge Sponsors
Martha Beverly; Mike Straubel & Susan Warner; Bill Dimond; Securitas; Kalamazoo Candle Company; Marge Kars; Gretchen LaReau Memorial Fund
Robert Brown; Kalamazoo Candle Company; Getman Corporation; Taco Bob’s; The King Family: Kevin, Kathleen, Abigail and Rachel; Jim VanderRoest; Jeff Lee, Special Agent, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services; Cheryl Tenbrink; Tudor House Tea; Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone; The Nature Connection; Valerie Wright; Keirra Randoph; Psi Iota Xi; Christine Ballard; Air Zoo; Susan Lindemann & Jennifer McVey; Western Michigan University; Janice Nephew; K Wings Hockey; Friends of KPL; Ryan S. Wieber; Hartleb Insurance Agency; Lisa Godfrey; United Party & Event Services; David & Kathleen Campbell