Next month the Log Cabin Democrat will be the presenting sponsor of the first-ever Conway Celebrities Fun Spelling Bee and Silent Auction hosted by the nonprofit organization Project 3:27.
Companies and other sponsors are invited to sign up spelling teams and enter their local celebrities in the event, which will be at 7 p.m. July 25 at Conway Junior High School.
The entry fee is $200 per team, and teams may pay $75 for an optional mulligan. Teams of three will compete to see whose company, organization or family has the best speller.
Project 3:27 is a recently established nonprofit that received its 501(c)(3) status last year. Its name comes from a Bible verse, Proverbs 3:27, which says, "Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it is in your power to help them."
Geneva Bowlin, spokesperson for Project 3:27, said the organization focuses on assisting people who are in need, especially those with disabilities or who have suffered loss, such as the loss of a home or a job. The nonprofit has organized donations to provide a van with a wheelchair lift for a family with a child with a disability and presented vehicles to a graduate of Renewal Ranch and a victim of the April 27 tornado.
"If it’s a need we can fill, we’ll do it," she said.
All proceeds from the spelling bee will go toward helping those in need with transportation or other necessities, such as wheelchairs or supplies during an emergency, Bowlin said.
Celebrity spellers are still being recruited for the spelling bee, but those who have committed to the event include Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock, First Security Bank President Johnny Adams and Jamie Gates of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. Other celebrities who will be involved include local attorney Beau Wilcox, who will be the word pronouncer; Mark Lewis, principal of Jim Stone Elementary School, who will serve as master of ceremonies; Todd Edwards, principal of Conway Junior High School and Eric King, director of marketing for Centennial Bank, who will serve as judges. Also, Hugh Austin of Austin Brothers Tire Service will lead the silent auction. Teams will include Centennial Bank, Edward Jones and Austin Brothers Tire Service.
Spectator suggested donation is $5 at the door. To keep things interesting, the spelling bee will have a Busy Bee heckler. Participants may pay $5 to have the heckler pester a particular contestant. The Busy Bee will not heckle on the first round. Prizes will be awarded for spelling accuracy, best team costumes and the most spirited teams.
Bowlin said the spelling bee should be a night of fun for the whole family.
"We want it to be a fun event and not a disgrace if you don’t win," she said.
To sign up a team, or to donate an item for the silent auction, call Bowlin at 501-329-3415 or go to www.project327inc.com/Blog/ for an entry form.
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