Greenwood Adult Spelling Bee Raises $27,000 for Healthy Learners

Posted on September 8th, 2016


The word sent a shock wave of groans and laughter through the gym of Emerald High School, where 49 teams of adults from schools and organizations across Greenwood County gathered for the 2nd Annual Friends of Healthy Learners Adult Spelling Bee.

The event raised over $27,000 for Healthy Learners Greenwood, which provides access to healthcare services for children who are in need and without resources.

Becky McIntosh, Fund Development Coordinator for Healthy Learners Greenwood, said the event’s success speaks to the generosity of Greenwood County residents. “I’m so proud of the Greenwood community for their support of Healthy Learners and the Adult Spelling Bee, and their desire to give and help others,” she said.

Teams paid $200 to compete in the event, with only the hopes of winning a 1st Place Trophy and bragging rights for a year. Teams were comprised of 4 adults who collaborated on the correct spelling of each word. If they spelled it correctly, no problem. If they misspelled the word, they had a choice of leaving the competition, or BUYING the word for $20. HOORAY for Healthy Learners!

There were 4 rounds, Easy, Intermediate, Difficult, and then the Final CHALLENGE round, when Buy Backs were no longer allowed. During the 2 hour event, $6700 was raised through Buy Backs and donations. Adding $9800 in Team registrations and $11,000 in sponsorships, the event increased its profits by 50% over the 2015 Spelling Bee.

Teams represented schools, colleges, churches, businesses, industries, and non-profit organizations. Ware Shoals School District took 1st place, Greenwood Humane Society 2nd place, and Springfield Elementary School, 3rd place.

The event not only raises funds for Healthy Learners, it also raises awareness of Healthy Learners. Throughout the event, master of ceremonies Senator Floyd Nicholson provided facts about Healthy Learners and information was included in the event program. Many of the almost 400 attendees now know much more about the importance of Healthy Learners to the Greenwood community.