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Spellbound at Scrabble and the City!

HOUSTON, July 28, 2011 - "Spellbound" and the "Lexicologists" were the creative team names for Scrabble and the City Champions from CenterPoint Energy! CenterPoint Energy took home the championship title and much sought after Mr. T, traveling trophy.

Milo Hamilton and Melanie Fisk at Scrabble and the City 2011Scrabble and the City, a fundraiser benefiting Literacy Advance of Houston, was a great success and full of literacy fun and surprises. Houston sports broadcaster favorite, Milo Hamilton, kept the teams in line and the play-by-play interesting. 500 extra points were even given to the first team to spell out a Milo favorite: "Holy Toledo!"

The event was held at Saint Arnold Brewing Company on July 21, where guests enjoyed the brewery's freshest assortment of beers. With signature pint glass in hand, teams of four competed in the city's wackiest SCRABBLE® contest where donations, to earn more SCRABBLE® points, funded Literacy Advance with more student and tutor resources, sponsored students, and provided new children's books for disadvantaged families in Houston!

If word games are not your cup of tea, or in this case, beer, you could win recognition for a creative team name or best team costume at this annual event. The winners for best team name, "Scrabble Dabble Doo," were from Really Deally, Inc. Best team costume went to the team representing the Houston Public Library, the "Scurvy Scrabblers" who dressed in pirate gear!

When teams were not busy scoring SCRABBLE® points, they tore up the dance floor and enjoyed food catered by World Catering, including SCRABBLE®-tile cookies topped cupcakes, and snacks provided by Whole Foods Market-Wilcrest! Scrabble and the City Judge and community Students at Scrabble and the City 2011volunteer, Kristina Ireland, said "It was an incredible evening! Being a judge was so much fun and I loved meeting all those wonderful donors. The best part of the evening was listening to the enthusiastic Literacy Advance learners and tutors tell their stories".

"I loved it and I would love to be part of it again next year!" Ireland added. If you missed Scrabble and the City this year, you will have an opportunity to attend the 2012 event taking place next September. Start practicing those SCRABBLE® triple word scores now!

About Literacy Advance of Houston For more than 47 years, Literacy Advance, wWinning team CenterPoint Energy at Scrabble and the Cityhose mission is to transform lives and communities through the doorway of literacy, has provided free adult literacy classes in the Greater Houston area using volunteer tutors. Be a part of the solution by becoming a volunteer or donor.

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