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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

MCAEL 4th Annual Grown-Up Spelling Bee

Ready, Set, S-p-e-l-l!




Cocktail reception @ 6:30 pm, Bee promptly starts @ 7:15 pm

Bee site: http://www.mcaelspellingbee.com

Tickets: http://mcaelgrownupspellingbee.eventbrite.com

The Place to Bee:

Delicious food, open bar and audience activities make this a one of a kind event in Montgomery County. More than a fun evening the event is a way for community members to learn more and support MCAEL’s work. Adult English literacy is key to Montgomery County’s success.

Our emcee this year is Kathleen Matthews! In addition to being a Montgomery County resident, Kathleen Matthews is the former chief communications and public affairs officer for hotel company Marriott International. Prior to joining Marriott International, she was a reporter for 25 years at WJLA-TV Channel 7. Joining Matthews are more local celebrities:


Dr. Robin C. Barr, Linguist-in-Residence, ?American University, Washington DC


Michael Bobbitt, Adventure Theater

Celebrity Judges              

Jud Ashman, Mayor of Gaithersburg

Marilyn Balcombe, President/CEO Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce

Shebra Evans, District 4 representative on the Montgomery County Board of Education in Maryland

Montgomery County corporations and organizations take the stage with their teams as each group takes a turn spelling a word. The event is very competitive and it’s all in good fun – most importantly teams are there to support the MCAEL network of providers.

Bee There!

Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center

7995 Georgia Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20910

Sponsors thus far include: Adventist HealthCare Rockville, Montgomery College, Burness, Bethesda Magazine, Social & Scientific Systems, Lee Development Group, Universities at Shady Grove, Signal Financial Federal Credit Union, Lerch, Early and Brewer, Eaglebank, Denizens Brewing Co., and Rivka Yerushalmi  


Sponsorships large and small are still available.

*Letters Sponsorships $100-$300, purchase a letter for your small business or loved one. For more information on sponsorships contact Kathy Stevens kstevens@mcael.org


"Literacy is important to Montgomery County because it allows individuals to speak, read and understand and be heard and be understood.  Literacy promotes communication which is critical to success."
Mary Ngo
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