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Friends Of The Scarsdale Library Prepares, Recruits For Its Spelling Bee

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SCARDALE, N.Y. -- The Friends of the Scarsdale Library is preparing for the fifth annual Adult and Teen Spelling Bee and is recruiting teams for the event, that will be held on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in the Scarsdale High School Auditorium.

The deadline to enter as a team is Dec. 15, 2014. Only 20 teams will compete, and space is limited. Application forms are available at the library or online at

The Spelling Bee, a Scarsdale institution in the making, is an important fundraising event for the Scarsdale Library.

Throughout the past four years, monies raised through the Spelling Bee have been used to make significant technology upgrades to the library’s community room, to enhance the children’s room with improved lighting and carpeting, to plan a business center for the community, and to upgrade the entrance and lobby.

Proceeds from this year’s Bee will be used to fund a high-level speaker series, bringing quality programming to Scarsdale and making the library the intellectual hub of the community. The event provides a great evening of entertainment to the community during the winter doldrums. Trivia games, music, a silent auction, and emcee Ed Coleman, the radio voice of the New York Mets, will keep audience members regaled between rounds of the Spelling Bee. Audience members can play along silently with the contestants and cheer for their friends and neighbors participating in the Bee. Participants in the Spelling Bee compete as teams of up to three people. Anyone of high-school age and above may participate, and the entrance fee is $150 per team.

Two rounds, the first written, and the second oral, winnow the field of teams down to the finalists and ultimate champions. As four-time contestant Janice Starr notes, “My teammates and I will be back because this is such a fun event, and there is so much community spirit that evening.” Besides participating on a spelling team, sponsorship opportunities are available to businesses and individuals. Contact Spelling Bee co-chairs Renu Lalwani at 914-472-4310 or Carolyn Mehta at 914-584-5903 for more information or to discuss sponsorship levels.

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