The city put their lexicon to the test at Literacy Advance of Houston’s annual “Scrabble in the City” fundraiser last Wednesday. The event, which was hosted at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, raised over $35,000 in support of literacy, with help from more than 225 wordsmiths who went head-to-head over a game of Scrabble, reliving their second-grade Spelling Bee glory days. 

Teams of fours competed for a grand prize, with Goya Foods “Extra Virgins” taking home the crown—a specially-made “Scrabble in the City” trophy. The “Spelling Misfits” came in second place and the CenterPoint Energy team placed third, while “Women in Black—Cancer Prevention Investigators" won the award for Best Team Name and Whole Foods Market was honored for Best Team Costume.

The night featured Saint Arnold’s top brews, snacks from Whole Foods Market and sweet treats from Nothing Bundt Cake. Participants also had the opportunity to partake in the silent auction for a three-night stay in Vail Valley.

Founded in 1964, Literacy Advance of Houston is an education and workforce development organization that offers free literacy and work readiness classes to adults across the city. Courses are led by trained volunteer tutors at 20 outreach locations in the greater Houston area, and focused on helping students to develop work-related and life skills to better shape their future.

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