Valuable Prizes donated for Scrabble Fest Silent Auction

The bidding will be quiet, but the competition will be intense during the silent auction at 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.

“The silent auction is a popular feature of Scrabble Fest.” said Meg Henderson, coordinator of LVOC. “Every year, businesses and individuals in the community donate fabulous prizes.”

Highlights for silent auction 2013 include:

A fire pit valued at $150 from Eagle Beverage Company
Earrings from DuFore’s for Diamonds jewelers
Four gift certificates from Burritt Motors
Two $50 memberships at BJ’s Wholesale Club
Car wash buckets filled by Auto Zone
Passes to Seabreeze Amusement Park
Tickets to Thunder Island
A YMCA Membership
WalMart gift certificates

A special prize has been donated by Syracuse University, Henderson said. “This will be of interest to all SU Football fans. We have an ACC Inaugural Season Syracuse University Football T-Shirt signed by the team, along with an inaugural book and signed photo of the coach.”

The silent auction will be open to all team members, spectators, volunteers and guests at Scrabble Fest.

In addition, there will be door prize drawings and a 50/50 raffle. New this year is a lottery ticket board.

“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 Henderson.

“There’s still time to register a team, but if you prefer watching the competition while enjoying light refreshments and participating in the auction and raffles, you can attend as a spectator for $15 admission,” Henderson added.

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.

Cash bar available.

All proceeds from Scrabble Fest will benefit LVOC.

For more information on LVOC or to register a team, contact Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County at 315-342-8839, visit or visit the OCO website at

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.