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Scrabble Fest 2015 Promises Fun and Excitement

OSWEGO, NY – Where can you go to spend an evening of fast-paced wordplay, dress in clever costumes, enjoy delicious food and beverages, compete for exciting prizes, and leave knowing you’ve helped adults in need of developing literacy skills? Why, Scrabble Fest 2015, of course!

Committee members of the annual OCO Literacy Volunteers Scrabble Fest practice their word skills as they meet to discuss plans for this year’s event. Seated from left are: Fund Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay; Literacy Volunteers Coordinator; Meg Henderson; President of the AMA Chapter at SUNY Oswego Leslie Green; and Payroll/Purchasing Specialist Carrie Kinney. Standing from left: Sarah Mason of Education Services; Director of Information and Compliance Betsy Copps; and Education Services Director Beth Kazel.
Committee members of the annual OCO Literacy Volunteers Scrabble Fest practice their word skills as they meet to discuss plans for this year’s event. Seated from left are: Fund Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay; Literacy Volunteers Coordinator; Meg Henderson; President of the AMA Chapter at SUNY Oswego Leslie Green; and Payroll/Purchasing Specialist Carrie Kinney. Standing from left: Sarah Mason of Education Services; Director of Information and Compliance Betsy Copps; and Education Services Director Beth Kazel.

On  Oct. 2, OCO Literacy Volunteers will hold its 9th Annual Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble Fest.

One of Oswego County’s most entertaining fundraisers, the event offers devotees of the game Scrabble the opportunity to enjoy an evening of friendly competition, and more.

“Scrabble Fest is much more than just another fundraiser,” said Meg Henderson, coordinator of Oswego County Opportunities’ Literacy Volunteers Program. “It’s also a way to raise awareness of Literacy Volunteers and our efforts to combat the issue of illiteracy in Oswego County. Literacy Volunteers offers the opportunity for adult students to develop the literary skills and computer skills necessary for daily activities, gaining employment, and more.”

Scrabble Fest takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Elks Lodge #271, 132 W. Fifth St.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and games will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Teams of four will compete against each other with the top three teams awarded prizes.

Back by popular demand for Scrabble Fest 2015 are the “Golden Tiles” which teams can purchase to help them earn additional points for their team score.

Teams will be able to purchase a limited number of ‘Golden Tiles’ which will play as a blank tile and can be used for the letter of their choice.

“We will also be awarding an additional 100 points to the team who obtains the highest pledge amount,” explained Henderson.

New for 2015 are the “Exchange a Tile” tokens.

Teams can purchase up to one token per round of play.

If you get a tray with all vowels or you’re stuck with that pesky Q, you can turn in a token and dump and replace as many tiles as you like without losing your team’s turn at play.

One token may be used per round of play.

In addition to the Scrabble competition Henderson said that there will be raffles, door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and other fun activities to help support Literacy Volunteers.

Entry fee for a team of four is $100 and includes light refreshments.

The cost for individuals wishing to attend but not compete in the event is $15, this fee includes light refreshments.

All proceeds from Scrabble Fest will benefit OCO Literacy Volunteers.

For more information on Literacy Volunteers or to register a team for the event, contact Literacy Volunteers at 315-342-8839 or visit www.lvoswego.org

“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.

Operating under the auspices of OCO, Literacy Volunteers 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.

Volunteers have been providing Literacy tutoring in Oswego County for 50 years.

Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.

For more information, visit www.oco.org