Want to find out how well adults can stand up to the challenge of spelling on the spot without the benefit of computers or dictionaries?
You’ll get your chance tonight, Sept. 20, as multiple teams of four adults go up against each other in an Adult Spelling Bee to benefit the Little Jan for Big Mayor campaign.
The spelling bee is a fundraiser for Jan Roberts’ campaign to serve as the honorary mayor of Wesley Chapel. Proceeds from the event, which is sponsored by Ierna's, will benefit the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
An estimated 24 teams are lined up for the contest, which starts at 5:45 pm. at Wesley Chapel Toyota, 5300 Eagleston Blvd. in Wesley Chapel. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the festivities are expected to conclude by 7:30.
Patch.com will field its own team of four competitors in tonight’s competition. Land O’ Lakes editor Sherri Lonon, Carrollwood editor Camille Spencer, Clearwater editor Jared Leone and Jason Bartolone, associate regional editor, have been sharpening their spelling skills for the event. The competition includes awards not only for the best spellers, but also the best theme, the team with the most spirit, the group that brings in the largest entourage and the best team name.
Come out and show your support for Roberts, Patch, the nonprofits and all the competitors. The cost to attend is $2 per visitor.
Roberts said it should be a night to remember. Plus, she added, spectators can “come out and support a great cause (Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Wesley Chapel Chamber), while having great fun.”