Lori Martin, Yvonne Moody and Elizabeth Gradel met at Brunswick County Literacy Council, Supply, N.C., to arrange, sort and label the 100-plus items donated to the third annual A to Z silent auction.
A beige-tone leather lounging chair suitable for a living room or den and original artworks of both Sunnyside School, the schoolhouse built in 1915 which rests on the grounds facing Village Road where Shallotte Middle School is now, and “Old Baldy,” the lighthouse on Bald Head Island, are among the pieces that are up for auction.
“How do you spell ‘fun?’ ” asked a jubilant Dot Hoerr, executive director of BCLC, as she assembled a trio of lanterns for the auction. She looked up and added, “You spell ‘fun’ by coming to the Adult Spelling Bee, supporting your favorite [spelling] team competing in the Bee and bidding on all these auction items.”
The auction began three years ago, but this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Adult Spelling Bee, which emphasizes the importance of literacy. More than a dozen teams of two players compete each year for the Gladys Wagenseil Traveling Trophy. Wagenseil was long-time executive director of the council before her death in 2004. People from local businesses, schools, churches and medical facilities are among the contestants.
Southport Reality won the competition in 2013.
The Bee begins at 7 p.m. May 12, but the auction opens at 6 p.m., closes when the spelling competition begins but reopens during intermission.
“We have everything in the auction from gift cards to high-end jewelry to furniture,” Hoerr said. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, golf packages, beauty salon and restaurant gift cards and household necessities are among the choices.
Here’s more events happening in May on the north end of the Grand Strand:
‘NASA-Developed Technologies Now Used In Everyday Life’
Listen Up, Brunswick County, Good Music/Good Deeds
Canner Gauge Testing
Madness Through the Ages: The History and Mystery of Mental Illness
Sea turtle program
Humorist Ann Ipock
Sandbar Lecture Series: ‘The Holocaust, My Family’s Escape From Nazi Germany’
Fuel and Fire: Our Perfect Storm
Sandbar Lecture Series: ‘Coastal Carolina Native Americans’
Lunch with Dorothea Benton Frank
Picture This: sea turtles!