Nationwide Announced as Presenting Sponsor of Orchard Place 2015 Spelling Bee

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12th annual FUN Fundraiser supports more than 10,000 Iowa children and families with mental health issues.

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“Orchard Place is also extremely grateful for the continued support from Nationwide,” said Nancy Bobo Vice President of Development at Orchard Place.

Orchard Place, mental health experts for Iowa’s children, is proud to announce Nationwide as the Presenting Sponsor of the 12th Annual Orchard Place Spelling Bee.

This is the fifth year Nationwide has been named Presenting Sponsor of the Spelling Bee. Proceeds from the past 11 years have totaled more than $820,000. Funds go directly to support more than 10,000 Iowa children and their families with mental health issues served by Orchard Place.

“Orchard Place is also extremely grateful for the continued support from Nationwide,” said Nancy Bobo Vice President of Development at Orchard Place. “Without such great support from our sponsors before and during our event, we would not be able to provide services and programming to many of Iowa’s kids who need it.”

This year’s Spelling Bee will be held Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Wolly’s, 504 E. Locust Street in Des Moines from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

The Orchard Place Spelling Bee is a one of a kind event where you can literally pay for your mistakes, bribe judges, and win for more than spelling. Teams can also win for most creative team name, best team costumes, best team cheering section, and most bribe money raised. Competition is fierce.

Teams generally register early, and there are a few slots available. “Unless you’ve witnessed the event, it’s hard to describe how much fun everyone has both onstage and off,” added Bobo. “Come ready to have fun, bring your sense of humor, and leave spellcheck at home,” she added.

For more information on the 2015 Spelling Bee or to register a team, contact Mandy Schwartz at mschwartz(at)orchardplace(dot)org or visit our YouTube Channel to see a video of the event.

About Orchard Place:
Orchard Place is the oldest locally-based charity in Des Moines providing mental health treatment and expertise serving Iowa’s kids. Our inpatient, outpatient and community program serves nearly 10,000 children from birth to age 22 annually. Four operating divisions work under the Orchard Place umbrella of services: Child Guidance Center, Orchard Place Campus, PACE Juvenile Center and the Integrated Health Program. More information can be found at http://www.orchardplace.org

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