Annual Events

Date: Wednesday, Mar 29, 2023 Time: 5:30-9:00 pm

30th Annual Spellebration

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

We're thrilled to be back in person for our 30th Annual Spellebration event. Join us on Wednesday, March 29 as we celebrate the community's efforts to bring about a just and vibrant West Michigan through the power of literacy. 

This year's event will be at an exciting new venue, Leona Rd., with many of your favorite elements including an open bar, a spelling game at your table, and a video tribute of our honorees. 

The dollars raised from Spellebration will support our efforts to double our impact to reach even more of the 85,000 adults in Kent County who read below the 4th grade level. 

Tickets & Sponsorships

Individual tickets: $125
Current tutor tickets: $75

Sponsorships begin at $500 [sponsor levels]

Our Honorees

We are pleased to be honoring three individuals this year who truly embrace our mission. 

Champion of Literacy Award

Dr. Ken Fawcett
Former VP, Corewell Health Healthier Communities

Ledy Award for Community Engagement

Ms. Barbara Rapaport
President, Real-time Perspectives, Inc.

Volunteer of the Year

Ms. Penny Hoffman
Literacy Center Tutor

Spellebration Sponsors:

Award Sponsors

Corewell Health 2023

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Literacy Society

Autocam Medical Logo copy copy

Win and Kyle Irwin Fund

Plante Moran Logo copy

Poetry League

Amway Logo

J.C. Huizenga and Tammy Born Huizenga

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Varnum Logo

Speller’s Society

  • Adamy Valuation
  • Baker Holtz CPAs and Advisors
  • Karl and Patricia Betz
  • Comerica 
  • Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Haworth
  • MillerKnoll
  • PNC Bank
  • Waséyabek Development Company LLC

Reading Circle

  • Crowe LLP
  • Ferris State University
  • Gentex Corporation
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Grand Rapids Public Museum
  • Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
  • Reagan Marketing + Design
  • Elizabeth Welch and Brian Schwartz
  • Wolverine Building Group
  • Wolverine Coil Spring Co.

Fiction Guild

  • Axios HR
  • John and Micki Benz
  • COM 616 Public Relations
  • Fritz and Cathy Crabb
  • Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids
  • ESCO Group, Inc.
  • Express Employment Professionals
  • Bill and Cecile Cave Fehsenfeld
  • Fishman Stewart PLLC
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation
  • John Hunting
  • Landscape Design Services, Inc.
  • Macatawa Bank
  • Refugee Education Center
  • The Spelman-Mendez Family
  • Rick and Mary Stevens
  • WorkSighted
  • YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
Questions? Contact Diedre Deering at
Leona Road
1351 Leonard Street NW Grand Rapids, MI 4904
Leona Road

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