OSWEGO, NY – There’s more than word play going on at the eighth annual Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble Fest.
This benefit for Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County takes place on September 19, 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 2013 some of the team names included: The Spelling Bees, The Better Letter Getters, Tilectomy and The Word Crafters, to name a few.
“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 and beyond, 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 commemorate the 50th anniversary of Literacy Volunteers, this year’s Scrabble Fest will offer teams the chance to purchase a limited number of ‘Golden Tiles’, which play as a blank tile and can be used for the letter of their choice. Additionally, the team with the highest pledge amount will be awarded 100 bonus points to their score.
Participants and spectators will also have the opportunity to take part in a silent auction – featuring some great items donated by local merchants who support Literacy Volunteers – as well as a 50/50 drawing, and a lottery ticket 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 and also includes light refreshments.
A full cash bar is available.
All proceeds from Scrabble Fest will benefit Literacy Volunteers.
For more information on Literacy Volunteers or to register a team, contact Literacy Volunteers at 315-342-8839, visit www.lvoswego.org, or visit the OCO website at www.oco.org
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.
OCO, 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