Annual Events

Date: Thursday, Apr 25, 2024 Time: 5:30-9:00 pm

31st Annual Spellebration

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Join us on Thursday, April 25 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 take place at Leona Rd. featuring 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. 


Individual tickets: $125
Current tutor tickets: $75

Our Honorees

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

Champion of Literacy Award

Micki Benz

Ledy Award for Community Engagement

Yeli Romero

Volunteer of the Year

Ella Satterthwaite

Spellebration Sponsors:

Event Underwriter

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Award Sponsors

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Literacy Society

Rich and Dawn Antonini

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J.C. and Tammy Huizenga

Win and Kyle Irwin


Poetry League

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Speller's Society

Adamy Valuation
Baker Holtz
Karl and Patti Betz
Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.
Ferris State University
Grand Rapids Public Schools
Grand Valley State University
PNC Bank
Waseyabek Development Company, LLC

Reading Circle

AHC Hospitality
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Nick Clark
Fritz Crabb
ESCO Group, Inc.
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
Legacy Trust
West Michigan Asian American Association
Wolverine Building Group
Wolverine Coil Spring

Fiction Guild

Axios HR
Byrne Electrical Specialists
Cascade Engineering
COM 616 Public Relations
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Kent County
Michigan College Access Network
Patrick and Debbie Lonergan
Poncho's Tacos
Refugee Education Center


Questions? Contact Diedre Deering at

Leona Road
1351 Leonard Street NW Grand Rapids, MI 4904
Leona Road

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