Second Annual Spelling Bee for Grownups

CDI’s Spring 2018 Fundraising Event

Buffet, Bee-tinis and the competitive Butchering of the English language!

Wednesday, May 16, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Ethical Culture Society Social Hall, 2 West 64th Street
Music and comedy from the Williamsburg Spelling Bee masters
Coveted Spelling Bee trophies for the winning teams!
Buffet and Open Bar

All proceeds support CDI’s college and career preparation for our amazing students!

Cheer CDI’s students as they compete for the student championship. Then it is the adults’ turn. Send up your best spellers. Stuck on a word? Purchase a Bee-line and get help from someone at your table.

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

Platinum Spelling Bee Sponsors $10,000

What you make possible: Intensive college and career preparation for 10 students

What you get:

  • Original song celebrating your company sung at the event by CDI’s Executive Director Michael Roberts
  • Logo/name in all event materials, social media, event signage and t-shirts
  • Named sponsorship of two student or school teams
  • 10 tickets
  • Buffet and open bar

Gold Spelling Bee Sponsors $5,000

What you make possible: Post-graduation professional training for jobs that pay above minimum wage

What you get:

  • Logo/name in all event materials, social media, event signage and t-shirts
  • Named sponsorship of one student or school team
  • 10 tickets
  • Buffet and open bar

Silver Spelling Bee Sponsors $3,000

What you make possible: College trips for 25 students

What you get:

  • Logo/name in all event materials, social media, event signage and t-shirts
  • Named sponsorship of one student or school team
  • 6 tickets
  • Buffet and open bar

Bronze Spelling Bee Sponsors $1,500

What you make possible: Leadership development for 5 students

What you get:

  • Named underwriting of a student or teacher team
  • 4 tickets
  • Buffet and open bar

Cotton Spelling Bee Sponsors $1,000

What you make possible: Afterschool sports and arts programming

What you get:

  • Named sponsorship of the custom-designed t-shirts for the school championship teams
  • 2 tickets
  • Buffet and open bar

Copper Spelling Bee Sponsors $200

What you make possible: Legal services to help immigrant students go to college

What you get:

  • 1 ticket
  • Solo, duo or small group? We’ll match you with others at a fun table
  • Buffet and open bar

1 Copper Ticket

2 Copper Tickets

3 Copper Tickets

4 Copper Tickets

5 Copper Tickets

Pollinators

  • I can’t bee there but I want to support good spelling! Please use my donation where CDI students need it most.

Your sponsorship or participation supports some of the greatest kids in the city as they shape their futures. Each year CDI serves 4,000 young people between the ages of 14-24 who are preparing for college, training and career success. CDI programs include intensive career advisement and preparation: applications and essays, scholarships and financial aid and college visits, and career readiness that includes leadership and jobs skills training, internships, corporate visits and more. 

For further information, contact Andrée Lockwood at andreelockwood@cdi-ny.org

What can I expect?

While you enjoy great food and drinks the students break the ice! Student champion teams from CDI schools compete with SAT study words. Then it’s the adults’ turn for spirited competition and lots of laughter. Those who want to spell compete – the rest of you cheer them on.

Spelling was never my best subject. Can I get help?

Yes! Who Wants to be a Millionaire had Life-lines…we have Bee-lines! Purchase our bronze Bee-line tokens for $25 apiece or $100 for 5 and you can exchange a token for help from someone at your table.

Is this like a test…or is it fun?

After two bee-tinis who cares? SERIOUSLY…the whole point is to have fun while helping CDI’s students prepare for college and their careers.

I want to win! Can I study up in advance?

Sure! For those of you who dream of retaking your SATs the word list is a good place to start. Bonus points for not studying – we have a special award for the most original spelling of the night!

I want to come but I don’t have a table – can I take part?

Of course! A lot of people come solo or with a small group. We’ll match you with a great table.

What do I get if I win?

Highly desirable, greatly coveted medals and bee trophies suitable for a place of honor on your desk, mantle or guest bathroom! Plus goodie bags for all.

Platinum Sponsors Include: