Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Dallas Celebrity Spelling Bee raises funds for literacy

On February 26, Reading Partners will host the 2nd annual Dallas Celebrity Spelling Bee. The evening event will feature prominent local Dallas celebrities, including Mayor Mike Rawlings, corporate leaders and community members coming together for a fun night of competition and celebration! During the event, teams of 'spellers' will compete on stage in front of an audience. Each team is made up of a corporate sponsor and a local celebrity. The Bee combines corporate support, community engagement and media attention to fund Reading Partners’ literacy intervention program.

This year's participants are:
Kristi Nelson, Host, NBC
Jenny Grumbles, Co-host of A&E's Storage Wars Texas
Kent Rathbun, Chef and owner of Abacus
Samantha Riddle, Miss Texas International
Ben Scott, ABC's The Bachelorette
Susy Solis, CBS
Christine Allison, Judge, D Magazine
Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas
Garrett Boone, Chairman Emeritus, The Container Store
David Chard, Dean of Education, Southern Methodist University

6:00 pm: Cocktail hour |  7:00 pm: Opening remarks and introductions |  7:00 - 8:30 pm: Spelling Bee
Be sure to stay after the Spelling Bee for celebratory drinks and appetizers!

The Bee will take place at Dallas City Performance Hall at 2520 Flora, Dallas, TX 75201. Tickets are available for $50 for the general public and available at