OSWEGO, NY – There’s more than word play going on 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 pm at the Oswego Elks Lodge.
Meg Henderson, coordinator of OCO’s Literacy Volunteers Program, has watched another aspect of friendly competition develop over the past few years: team themes and costumes.
“I am amazed by the creativity and effort that our Scrabble Fest teams put into their team names, costumes, and even props,” she said. “This has added a whole new level of fun and excitement to our annual fundraiser.”
For example, in 2012 some of the team names included: The Bad Spelars, the Merry Word Makers, The Last Word, the Spell Checkers, the Word Pyrates, Tile Queens, the Scrabbled Eggs, Spellbound and the Wickedly Wordy Women.
“We’re planning a nice prize for the team with the best team spirit this year,” Henderson said. “It’s always a difficult decision for the judges. Remember, creativity and enthusiasm are very important for showing off your team spirit!”
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 fest, contact Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County at 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.
“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.