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HOUSTON, July 21, 2011 -- Lively libations. Mixed with Scrabble. Mixed with Twister. It's a combination poised to inspire the most linguistically creative night of the year.

Benefitting the Literacy Advance of Houston, Scrabble and the City is the ultimate word competition, and the throwdown begins Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at St. Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Avenue, Houston.

"The great thing about this event is that it's not just a Scrabble competition. And it's certainly not your grandmother's Scrabble! It's good food, music and dancing, a costume contest, raffles and activities for spectators. And we'll have Houston's own St. Arnold's beer on tap all evening," said Literacy Advance Executive Director Jane Holston. "The money raised at this event will help us continue to provide all of our services for free. Our programs open so many doors of opportunity for Houstonians struggling to read. By just learning to make sense of the alphabet, they can find jobs, read to their children, take pride in their accomplishment and work their way out of poverty."

In teams of four, Scrabble players create and score words all while keeping their eyes on the coveted trophy. Teams are also judged for best costume, best team name and more. They will also have the opportunity to purchase additional raffle tickets to earn a little extra favor from the judges. The ultimate winner is the proud owner of the trophy for one year, when they will compete to defend the title of Scrabble champion.

The much sought-after trophy will be making appearances throughout Houston leading up to the event. Trophy sightings are tracked on his own Facebook page, where fans can follow his movements and seek opportunities to take a photo with him before July 21.

"(Scrabble and the City) is unique, fun and uses the business skills of negotiation and strategy in a team setting," said Steve Ginsburgh, whose company, Universal Weather and Aviation, is a Scrabble and the City sponsor. "The event financially benefits Literacy Advance and its vision of making a difference in Houston communities every day through adult literacy training."

Founded in 1964, Literacy Advance is Houston's oldest and largest volunteer-based literacy provider. The 501(c)(3) organization depends upon sponsorships and donations to provide free literacy education throughout Houston.

For more information about participating in Scrabble and the City, or for more information about Literacy Advance, call 713-266-8777 or visit


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