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New contests added to 28th Adult Spelling Bee and A to Z auction

By Jo Ann Mathews

For The Sun News

Kim Loucks and his wife Carolyn Hirst-Loucks choose appropriate words for the 28th annual Adult Spelling Bee, a Brunswick County Literacy Council fundraiser. Five years ago the council added the popular A to Z silent auction, and this year will have costume and cheering section contests.
Kim Loucks and his wife Carolyn Hirst-Loucks choose appropriate words for the 28th annual Adult Spelling Bee, a Brunswick County Literacy Council fundraiser. Five years ago the council added the popular A to Z silent auction, and this year will have costume and cheering section contests.

The purpose of the Brunswick County Adult Spelling Bee is to have fun, say Kim Loucks and Carolyn Hirst-Loucks, co-chairs of the annual event. With this in mind, they added two new dimensions to the spelling bee: a prize for the best-costumed spellers and a prize for the best cheering section for specific spellers.

“The contests are wide open,” Carolyn says. “Whatever the [spellers and audience] want to do.”

Returning are 2016 spelling champions Dwight Willis and Susan Eggert, whose sponsor is South Brunswick Island Rotary. Kim suggests the 12-15 spelling teams consider costumes that coordinate with their sponsors, who donate $250. A possibility is dressing like a tooth if the sponsor is a dentist’s office, he says. One team is from St. Philips Episcopal Church in Southport, N.C., so they could dress as that saint. The spellers who have the most enthusiastic cheering section win that prize. Bee-themed novelty items will constitute the prizes.

An innovation in 2016 was having “word” sponsors, who donate $100, and have their names announced when their sponsored word is read. Sunset Dental in Sunset Beach, N.C. is a word sponsor, and La Cucina Italian Grill, also in Sunset Beach, is the food sponsor.

The auction will have nearly 200 items including gift cards to local attractions and restaurants, art works, pottery, jewelry and other “great bargains,” Carolyn says.

“People can expect excitement, suspense and competitive spirit that’s evident but not overwhelming,” Kim says of the Bee and auction.

Judges will be Sheriff John W. Ingram V or his representative and Teddy Altreuter, former mayor of Carolina Shores, N.C. Pronouncer is volunteer Phil Parker, timer is volunteer Gene Steadman and expeditor is Matt Ernst, long-time BC Literacy Council board member and advocate.

“I like people getting together to support an important cause,” Kim says.

“I like the excitement at the end [of the Bee], and the bargains in the auction,” Carolyn says.

What | Adult Spelling Bee and A to Z silent auction

Where | Virginia Williamson Event Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College, College Road off U.S. 17, Supply, N.C. When | silent auction 6 p.m., spelling bee begins at 7 p.m. May 23

Cost | Free, public invited

Contact | Literacy Council, 910-754-7323, www.bcliteracy.org

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