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Media Contact:
Susan Schmaeling, APR
Susan Schmaeling Public Relations

Literacy Advance of Houston’s competition rocks the Saint Arnold Brewing Company


Houston, Texas (September 14, 2012):
mr t traveling trophyLiteracy Advance of Houston supporters had their game faces on for the third annual Scrabble and the City event at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. More than 250 guests gathered at the sold-out event to play two zany rounds of Scrabble to secure Mr. T. – the coveted Scrabble and the City Trophy and a year’s worth of bragging rights. 

The winners? Word in a Box from Black Elk Energy – and the students of Literacy Advance.  Proceeds from Scrabble and the City will help fund the free adult literacy programs that the non-profit organization offers throughout Houston.

Several dozen spectators and 46 playing teams alsohell on heels embraced the spirit of competition in non-verbal contests like Best Team Name and Best Team Costume/Attire.

The all-female team of Hell on Heels sported red horns, boas, sky high heels and a killer attitude – they even sang Brick House for the crowd to earn extra points in Round Two. They also earned the Best Team Costume prize.

One of the teams from Universal Weather & Aviation, Humuhumunukunukuápua’a, was selected by the Literacy Advance students for Best Team Name.

Literacy Advance Executive Director Melanie Fisk, in a lovely Dorothy a la Wizard of Oz dress, mingled with the crowd including Literacy Advance Board President Steve Ginsburgh, host committee member and BrandExtract founder Jonathan Fisher and Lisa Foronda of CenterPoint Energy. 

In between Scrabble rounds, guests enjoyed delicious dinner bites from Fleming’s Steakhouse and luscious bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes.  Others shopped the raffle packages or hit the dance floor grooving to the energetic mix of DJ Sounds.

The unflappable Sean Pendergast of Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 kept the teams on task especially during the crucial second round of Scrabble which allowed for team “score enhancements” to assist teams in building up their total score. He even serenaded the crowd a cappella for team points. 

Other Scrabble word in a box“score enhancements” were obtained by such antics as karaoke, conga lines and dancing on the St. Arnold bar which broke out during that round so players could gain extra points or extra Scrabble tiles.  Baseball and Houston Astros legend Larry Dierker’s team won Round One, but Round Two and the trophy , Mr. T.,  went to Black Elk’s Word in a Box team.

Also seen in the crowd were: Jennifer Barron; Judy and Larry Dierker; Lisa and Jonathan Fisher; Debra Ford; Kimberly Rawson; Donna culturemap teamBoyer and Jean Hamilton of Marathon Oil; Kristy Montgomery; Sylvia Mayer of Weil, Gotshal & Manges L.L.P.; Sarah Leonard of LyondellBasell; Ellis and Ligardy Wyms; Rosario Spinoso; and CultureMap Houston’s Sarah Rufca and Joel Luks.

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, Funky Monkey Photobooth, Office Effects, INC., Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Whole Foods-Wilcrest and Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560.

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About Literacy Advance of Houston  

In Houston, approximately 20% of the adult population struggles with challenges associated with low and limited literacy, which has a dramatic effect on their quality of life.  Factors such as high school drop-out rates, crime and incarceration, unemployment, homelessness and job stagnation are influenced by the literacy level of the individual. Even dealing with everyday activities like reading to their children, completing a job application, and getting a driver’s license can be difficult tasks.

For over 48 years, Literacy Advance of Houston, whose mission is to transform lives and communities through the doorway of literacy, has provided hope and support for these individuals through its free Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language literacy programs and services in the Greater Houston area. 

With 100% of classes delivered by trained volunteer tutors, students are met at their literacy level and opportunities are created to help them attain their personal learning goals. You too can be a part of the solution by becoming a volunteer or donor

Literacy Advance is a United Way Agency, a member of the Houston Center for Literacy, an accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy and a member of the Better Business Bureau. Explore this website, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get involved.

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