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Fleming's Confirmed as Caterer for Scrabble and the City 2012

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Susan Schmaeling, APR
Susan Schmaeling Public Relations


Not your grandmother’s Scrabble®!

August 16, 2012 (Houston, Texas) - A conga line for additional points.  A soul train for extra Scrabble tiles.  Even a celebrity karaoke moment when former Houston Astros pitcher Larry Dierker sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to secure game-changing points for his team. It’s all part of the fun at Scrabble and the City, Literacy Advance of Houston’s annual fundraiser, on Thursday, September 13, from 7pm – 10pm at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Avenue, Houston, 77020. 

The event features two rounds of zany Scrabble games, complete with a top-secret game changer that will be revealed that evening. Americana is this year’s theme and prizes are awarded for the best Scrabble team name and the best team costumes.  The top prize: Mr. T – the coveted Scrabble and the City Trophy and a year’s worth of bragging rights. Want to play? Click here or call 713-266-8777.  

Talk about a high score?! Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – River Oaks has stepped in to provide their five star quality, hearty dinner bites, replacing the now-closed Strip House originally slated as event caterer. Fleming’s community-minded white knights, Operating Partner Sam Governale and Chef Partner James Cole, are sure to serve up some delectable brain food for Scrabble guests.

Nothing Bundt Cakes Houston – Galleria/Uptown will provide their Americana-themed bundt cake mini desserts for those who need a little sugar. Whole Foods – Wilcrest has generously donated popcorn and other game night-friendly snacks. 

Spectators and guests will also enjoy a lively evening thanks to the emcee talents of Sean Pendergast, sports talk radio host at Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560, dancing to tunes spun by DJ Sounds, and for the shoppers there will be a fantastic slate of raffle packages.  Raffle offerings will include a spa package, a road trip getaway, golf at a top tier course, major Houston sports team tickets, jewelry and more.

The most linguistically creative night of the year benefits Literacy Advance, the city’s oldest and largest volunteer-based literacy provider. In 2011, Literacy Advance and its volunteers provided free adult and family literacy services to more than 3,000 individuals.  The fundraiser is held in conjunction with the National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week.

“We have been providing free adult literacy programs for more than 48 years,” said Melanie Fisk, Executive Director of Literacy Advance. “Our free programs open the door of opportunity for Houstonians struggling with literacy so they can find jobs, read to their children, take pride in their accomplishments and work their way out of poverty.” The non-profit organization depends upon sponsorships and donations to provide free literacy services throughout Houston.

Scrabble and the City sponsors have the satisfaction of knowing their  contributions perpetuate Literacy Advance’s commitment to making Houston a more literate city. 

Triple Word Score Sponsors include 2011 defending Scrabble Champion CenterPoint Energy, CultureMap Houston, The Greensheet and LyondellBasell (2010 Scrabble Champion).

Double Word Score Sponsors include Comcast, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Universal Weather & Aviation Inc., and V21 Shot Bar & Grill.

Double Letter Sponsors include Black Elk Energy, BrandExtract, Cameron, Marathon Oil, Salient Partners, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Additional partners include: Bret Ward, Image Resources Group, Office Effects, INC., Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Whole Foods – Wilcrest and Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560.

Team placements are now sold out, though a few sponsorship opportunities remain available for purchase. Individuals or groups interested in securing a sponsorship: please contact Patricia McCracken at 713-266-8777.           

Highly competitive Host Committee members include: Jennifer Barron, Kimberli Bowman, Beth Bryant, Judy & Larry Dierker, Christina & John Dyer, Ellen & Drew Elam, Lisa & Jonathan Fisher, Annie Foley, Debra Ford, Steve Ginsburgh, Jackie Hugele, Catherine Kelsey, Carey Kirkpatrick, Rody Kuchar, Sarah Leonard, Kristy Montgomery, Linsay & Jeremy Radcliffe, Sarah & Jonathan Rhoads, Garland Shiloh, Libbi Smith, Rosario Spinoso, Kathy Stockton, and Ellis Wyms.

For more information on Literacy Advance and this upcoming event, please visit

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