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25th Annual Adult Spelling Bee – 2017

The 25th annual adult Spelling Bee held on June 9, 2017 at the Miami Township Civic Center was an outstanding event! The afternoon included six well-dressed, ready for fun, expert spelling teams. There were also silent auction tables, basket raffles and a complimentary pizza lunch for all.

Thank you to the teams, family and friends, donors, sponsors and volunteers who participated in the Spelling Bee and also to Miami Township Civic Center Trustees who donated the beautiful space. The event was a success and raised $11,700 for the agency. The funds will be used to match tutors with adult learners who want to improve their literacy skills.

There were 22 rounds with many TOUGH words. Teams went out on the words – buoyancy, justiciable, descendible, hackamore, and plebiscite. The winning team won by spelling the word propitious. Congratulations and thank you!!

First Place and Best Costume: Ohio Means Jobs Clermont County,”Spellcasters”

Second Place: Clermont County Public Library, “Bookworms”

Third Place: Literacy Council, “The Inkredibles”











Best Spirit: Clermont Chamber of Commerce, “The Hip Bees”

Clermont County Domestic Relations Court, “The Three Magi”

UC Clermont College,”Clermont Cougars”

Kelly Schmidt, Kathy Gillespie and Bonnie Arend

Susan Vilardo, Judy Hackmeister, Johnny Vilardo and Rose Tepe


Jeannee Saunders, Chris Wick, Larry Arend, and Kayla Diekmann


Concert to Benefit Literacy

The Power of Reading – The Power of Music

Musicians: Sarah Kim, Suzanne Bona, Paul Alexander, Stephen Fryxell and Manisha Patel

Sunday, March 19
2:00 p.m.

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
8101 Beechmont Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45255
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On-line ticket sales ended on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern time. Tickets are available at the concert for $30.00.



Honorary Advocate:
Paul AlexanderCincinnati Bengals Assistant Coach/Offensive Line

Susan Vilardo, Exec. Dir. of Literacy Council, Paul Alexander, Cincinnati Bengals

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