Literacy buzz in Houston

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HOUSTON, TX – Spelling bees can be tough stuff. But there was a spelling bee in Houston that was slightly different. There were no kids.

“So for the past 20 years, the Houston Center for Literacy has had the Great Grown Up Spelling Bee. And we bring teams from all over the city: law firms, accounting firms, the Houston Bar Association and they get into teams of three or two and they compete in a real-live spelling bee,” said Sheri Foreman, Houston Center for Literacy President & CEO.

Houstonian and former SNL exec, Meredith Walker worked the judge’s table with some quirky twists and hometown ties. Her partner in crime, Nic Phillips also provided some comic relief as they drilled contestants on words.

In the end, the Houston Bar Association’s Linda Marshall and Ben Wickert were crowned the spelling bee champs of the night. But the real winners are all those that will benefit from the fundraiser. All the funds raised at the event will go into the Houston Center for Literacy and help literacy organizations throughout Houston.