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Have a Way with Words? Sign Up for Scrabble Fest 2013

Calling all wordsmiths, spelling bee champs, and lexicographers!

We have a fund-raising event that lets you showcase your skills: The seventh annual Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble Fest. This annual benefit for Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, takes place on Sept. 20, from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Oswego Elks Lodge.

Members of last year’s “Word Pyrates” weren’t just parroting what they heard – they really had an eye on things during Scrabble Fest 2012! To register a team this year, contact Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County at 315-342-8839, visit www.lvoswego.org or visit www.oco.org
Members of last year’s “Word Pyrates” weren’t just parroting what they heard – they really had an eye on things during Scrabble Fest 2012! To register a team this year, contact Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County at 315-342-8839, visit www.lvoswego.org or visit www.oco.org

“Scrabble Fest is also a way to raise awareness of LVOC and our efforts to combat the issue of illiteracy in Oswego County.

Currently, approximately 15-17% of the adult population of Oswego County cannot read above the fifth grade level.

The majority of LVOC students are between the ages of 19 and 59, with the fastest growing age group entering the program being between 18 and 29.

It is an issue that needs to be addressed, as these individuals are unable to do what many of us take for granted such as reading newspapers, medication labels, recipes and most books. LVOC offers the opportunity for them to gain the literary skills and computer skills necessary for daily activities and more,” explained Meg Henderson, coordinator of OCO’s Literacy Volunteers Program.

The fun, fast-paced competition draws teams from all over the county, Henderson noted.

Teams consist of four players, who work together to create words during three turns in each of the four 20-minute rounds of play.

Team scores will be tallied and the top three teams will be awarded prizes.

To add to the fun of the event, there will be special prizes for the most pledges raised (team registration is not considered pledge money) and for team spirit.

In addition to the Scrabble competition, Henderson said that there will be a silent auction featuring some great items donated by local merchants who support LVOC, a 50/50 raffle and a lottery ticket drawing.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., welcome is at 6:15 p.m., and games begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Entry fee is $100 per team and includes light refreshments.

The cost for spectators, those who want to attend but not compete in the event, is $15 (this fee includes light refreshments).

Cash bar available.

All proceeds from Scrabble Fest will benefit LVOC.

For more information on LVOC or to register a team for the annual Diane Falise Memorial LVOC Scrabble Fest, contact Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County at 315-342-8839, visit www.lvoswego.org or visit www.oco.org

By the way, a lexicographer is someone who compiles dictionaries.

Operating under the auspices of Oswego County Opportunities, LVOC provides confidential tutoring services at no cost to the student.

Tutoring includes basic literacy (reading and writing), English literacy to improve English speaking, reading and writing skills, and some simple math and computer skills.

“Whether you’re playing, or just rooting on your favorite team, Scrabble® Fest is a great opportunity to get your friends, family or co-workers together for an evening of fun for a very worthwhile cause that may have a tremendously positive impact on a person’s life,” added Henderson.