United Way of Greater Lorain County Invites Community to Play in Middle School Themed Competitions to Raise Funds for Education Initiatives

Lorain, Ohio – United Way of Greater Lorain County is expanding their annual Spelling Bee fundraiser to include a history, art, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competition. The event, titled “A Week at the Bee,” will feature teams of up to three adults will competing for cash prizes.  The gameplay will be pre-recorded virtually and premiere on YouTube during the week of May 10th.

“We're excited to be able to take Spellebrate to the next level. This annual event is as entertaining as it is impactful, so we're hoping to expand upon both by giving more people an opportunity to participate,”  said United Way of Greater Lorain County’s campaign chair, Kyle Maurer. “Some people were hesitant about spelling, so they may have missed out in the past. Now, we have three other ways for people to join the fun, including History, my personal favorite. Which means one fun day has turned into an entire week, and all for a great cause!”

Team registration is $60 per competition or $200 to play in all four competitions. Individual competitions offer a $240 prize for first place and teams that play in all four competitions will compete to win an additional $960. Teams will also have the opportunity to crowdfund to earn additional advantages in the competition such as bonus points, hints, and extra time.

All proceeds from the event will be used to support the local United Way’s six community collaboratives focused on kindergarten readiness and middle school success in communities throughout Lorain County. In total, the agency’s collaborative model combines the efforts and expertise of over 150 cross-sector partners in the areas of health, education, and financial stability.

“Now, more so than ever, collaboration and wrap around services for education are imperative. Our collective impact approach allows us to partner with school districts, social service agencies and physical and mental health providers alike, all in an aligned way to ensure our students are getting all the services they need to thrive,” said United Way of Greater Lorain County’s president and CEO, Ryan Aroney. “The Bee will not only be a lot of fun, it’s also a crucial fundraiser that will support our critical work in helping kindergarten and middle school students succeed in school and in life.”

For more information about team registration and event sponsorship opportunities, visit uwloraincounty.org/thebee or call 440-277-6530.

To learn more about United Way’s education initiatives, visit uwloraincounty.org/education.