OSWEGO, NY – Calling all word wizards!
Registration is now open for Scrabble Fest 2014. The eighth annual Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble Fest, a benefit for Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, will take place on Sept. 19 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Oswego Elks Lodge.
One of Oswego County’s most entertaining fundraisers, Scrabble Fest offers devotees of the game of Scrabble the opportunity to enjoy an evening of friendly competition, and more.
“Scrabble Fest is much more than just another fundraiser. It’s also a way to raise awareness of Literacy Volunteers and our efforts to combat the issue of illiteracy in Oswego County,” said 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, teams will have the opportunity to take advantage of the new ‘Golden Tile’ option.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Literacy Volunteers, a limited number of ‘Golden Tiles,’ which play as a blank tile and can be used for the letter of their choice, will be available for purchase.
Additionally, the team that obtains the highest pledge amount will be awarded 100 bonus points to its score.
Henderson said the fest will also host a silent auction featuring an assortment of items donated by local merchants who support Literacy Volunteers, a raffle for a lottery ticket board and a 50/50 drawing.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with games beginning 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.
A cash bar will be available.
All proceeds will benefit Literacy Volunteers.
For more information on Literacy Volunteers or to register a team, call 315-342-8839, visit www.lvoswego.org or visit www.oco.org
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.
OCO 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