Annual Events

Date: Thursday, Mar 18, 2021 Time: 6:45-7:45 pm

This year's Spellebration event may be virtual, but it's anything but average.

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This year's virtual Spellebration will be fast-paced, mission-forward, and festive. We'll raise a glass in recognition of this year's honorees, play a virtual game of Scrabble, and celebrate the community's efforts to bring about a just and vibrant West Michigan through the power of literacy. 

All of the funds raised from Spellebration 2021 keep our literacy programming-- both virtual and in-person-- available at no cost for the 700+ adult learners we instruct each year. To donate, text Spellebration2021 to 50155 or visit our secure donation site.

Make plans to join us live on Facebook and YouTube on Thursday, March 18, 2021. 

6:45 PM Virtual Cocktail Hour
7:00 PM Program and Awards
7:45 PM Closing Remarks

Virtual tickets mean very real treats. 

Ticket sales are now closed for Spellebration 2021. If you would like to support the event with a donation, text Spellebration2021 to 50155 or visit our secure donation site.  

Raise a glass for this year's honorees. 

  • Mark Peters, President and CEO of Butterball Farms, Inc., with the Champion of Literacy Award sponsored by J.C. and Tammy Huizenga
  • Tommy Allen, Publisher of Rapid Growth Media and Social Practice Artist, with the Ledy Award for Community Engagement sponsored by Fifth Third Bank
  • Marielle Levert, Literacy Center tutor, with the Volunteer of the Year award

Looking for a little recognition?

Sponsorship opportunities begin at $500 and include virtual tickets. Click here to download the sponsorship form or visit this webpage to learn more. 

Celebrating our Sponsors

Award Sponsors

J.C. and Tammy Huizenga

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Literacy Society

Jim & Nancy Ayres

Win & Kyle Irwin Fund

Autocam Medical



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Poetry League



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Speller's Society

Adamy Valuation
Baker Holtz 
Betz Industries
Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.
Grand Rapids Community College
PNC Bank
Steelcase Inc.
Varnum LLP

Reading Circle

Aquinas College
Karl and Patti Betz
Comerica Bank
David and Patricia Edwards
Ferris State University
Grand Valley State University
Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
Elizabeth Welch and Brian Schwartz

Fiction Guild

730 Eddy Studios
Allegra Marketing- Print- Mail
Marissa Andersen
John and Micki Benz
COM 616 Public Relations
Fritz and Cathy Crabb
Dominican Sisters~ Grand Rapids
Fishman Stewart
Landscape Design Services
Old National Bank
Chris and Michelle Rabideau
Reagan Marketing + Design, LLC

Ready to learn more?

Contact Libby Wahlstrom at for more information. 

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