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Celebrity Spelling Bee

Story and photography by Joyce Taylor

A capacity crowd filled the Grove at Williamson Place for the 11th annual Read to Succeed Celebrity Spelling Bee. Meredith Thomas went away with the trophy for best speller and Bill Wilson was recognized as the speller to raise the most money. Other spellers were: Jason King, David Hoke, Carolyn Tumbleson, Tracey Biles, Chelsea Fancher, Belinda Arender, Woody Wood (The Woody and Jim Show) and Mary Beth Hagan.

Kristen Perry sang the “auctioneer song,” preparing the guests for Lewis and Gaylon Perry who auctioned ten items. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner was announced as the 2019 “One Read”. Guests enjoyed dinner prepared by local restaurants before the spelling began.

This is the only fundraiser for Read Succeed, and with one in six in our county struggling with reading, this free service becomes more vital. Contact Read to Succeed at (615) 738-READ (7323) for more information or to donate.

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