Orchard Place Reports 12th Annual Spelling Bee Results

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Nearly $75,000 Raised to Support Mental Health for Iowa’s Kids

Nationwide Grand Champion Spellers

Community support has clearly made this one of the most successful fundraisers in Central Iowa

Orchard Place, mental health experts for Iowa’s children raised nearly $75,000 at its 12th annual Spelling Bee, presented by Nationwide and held at Wooly’s on March 5th. This event has raised more than $895,000 in 12 years. Funds raised go directly to support summer programming for Iowa children with mental health issues served by Orchard Place.

“Community support has clearly made this one of the most successful fundraisers in Central Iowa,” said Orchard Place Director of Development Nancy Bobo. “We are so grateful for our corporate sponsors, the 15 teams who took part, and the fundraising efforts that team members completed to make this event a success.

Their costumes, raucous cheering and other shenanigans made for an evening of hilarity.”
The Orchard Place Spelling Bee is a one of a kind event where contestants literally pay for mistakes, bribe judges, and can win without spelling one word correct (if they have sufficient bribery funds to pay off the judges.) The fun was enhanced by prizes and appetizers donated by 38 Des Moines Businesses.

Winning teams included:

Grand Champion Spellers – O-BEE-Wan KenoBEEs – A Nationwide team who won the event after several fierce rounds of competition with the CGC team by spelling the word ‘epexegesis’. The force was clearly with them.

Best Costumes – The BEE-Railed Corporate Office Double-Loop, Corkscrew, Flying Zero-Gravity Coaster – Orchard Place’s Corporate Office team rode their unique roller coaster all the way to victory in the costume competition.

Most Bribe Money Raised by a Team – Team BEElieve, Orchard Place Child Guidance Center’s bribe-happy money-laden team raised more than $12,000 in bribery funds, taking home this coveted award this year.

Best Team Name – BEEva Las Vegas - This is a second-year win in this award competition for the Stelter Company team. They BEE leaving in Vegas what happened in Vegas.

Best Cheering Section – The ReferBEEs – A rowdy Nationwide team that coasted to victory in this competition with their cheering prowess again this year.
Hosted by ‘Queen Bee’ Wicker VanOrsdel, the event again topped expectations of producing a zany take on serious spelling bees of the past.

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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