To Bee or Not To Bee: Celebrity Spelling Bee will go virtual in 2020

Oct 21, 2020 at 10:38 am by literacymatters

2019 Celebrity Spelling Bee

Read To Succeed announced the 14th annual Celebrity Spelling Bee will be held virtually at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 on Facebook Live.

The annual Celebrity Spelling Bee is Read To Succeed's only fundraising event. This year, instead of relying on ticket sales, they ask for donations from individuals and companies to help them reach their fundraising goals. The money raised will allow the non-profit organization to sustain free programs and services for adults and children in our community who struggle with basic literacy skills.

The evening will consist of a tribute to Dr. Linda Gilbert, a spelling bee competition with five local celebrities, and the 2021 One Book announcement.

The 2020 Celebrity Spellers are Kara Kemp, owner of KJ Kemp Coaching and ringmaster at Tangerine Salon & Spa; Chris Williams, school resource officer with Murfreesboro Police Department and the founder of Power of 1; The Ultimate Predator; City of Murfreesboro Multimedia Journalist and Host Michael Linn White; and Abdou Kattih, president of Murfreesboro Muslim Youth.

This year's generous sponsors include Nissan North America, Inc., Atmos Energy, Adams Family Foundation, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Don and Melanie Clayton, Jennings & Rebecca Jones Foundation, Brian D Coleman – Edward Jones, Middle Tennessee Emergency Physicians, A Mortgage Boutique, Middle Tennessee Electric, Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford, Judge Steve and Lara Daniel, Wilson Bank & Trust, Andy Womack – State Farm Insurance, Coggin Family Foundation, Ascend Federal Credit Union, Hagan Law Group, PLLC, Murfreesboro Housing Authority, and Bridgestone.

To learn more about the event, the celebrity spellers, and ways to donate, visit All donations directly to support the mission of Read To Succeed.

About Read To Succeed

Read To Succeed improves lives in Rutherford County and promotes literacy by offering free programs and resources for children and adults. Read To Succeed supports their mission by fostering literacy partnerships between providers, educators, community helpers, and business owners, creating events and programming to promote literacy, and providing resources.


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