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Spelling Bee(r) fundraiser set to raise money for GRPL Wednesday




By Corey Tucker – A&E Editor

Dr. Grins Comedy Club will host its first annual Spelling Bee(r) fundraiser this Wednesday, sponsored by Drink GR and the Grand Rapids Public Library. The goal is to raise money for the Grand Rapids Public Library’s summer reading program by way of a unique adult spelling bee.

The fundraiser is a consolidation of comedy, literacy, craft beer, food, and a silent auction that will provide audience members with an evening of one-of-a-kind entertainment.

Comedian Stu McCallister

The event will kick off with the standup comedy show featuring host and comedian Stu McCallister, Adam Degi, and Josh Ortega.

Following the comedy show will be the public spelling bee consisting of 25 contestants participating through  four rounds until only one contestant remains. Contestants who spell words correctly take a shot of craft beer while contestants who spell a word incorrectly are eliminated from competition. Each round will feature a different sample of craft beer.

Individuals interested in participating in the public spelling bee can sign up between 7 and 7:30 p.m. inside Dr. Grins. The public spelling bee will only have 25 participants. If more than 25 participants sign up there will be a lottery drawing for the selection of the 25 contestants.

First place for the public spelling bee will receive a pair of summer beer festival tickets and $200 cash. Second place will receive a Gilmore Collection gift certificate for $200. Third place will receive a Gilmore Collection gift certificate for $100.

The night will be capped by the Special brew spelling bee with Brewmasters competing from eight West Michigan area breweries. This competition will also span four rounds until only one brewer remains. The competitors in this event will be spelling only craft brew specific words and will also be taking a shot of beer with every word they spell correctly. The top spelling brewery will receive the “golden paddle” trophy. Breweries such as HopCat, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Elk Brewing, Gravel Bottom, BOB’s Brewery, Cedar Springs Brewery, and 57 Brew Pub will each have one Brewmaster competing in the spelling bee.

McCallister said he expects the event to be a crowd pleaser.

“I just think this will be a fun show,” McCallister said. “People will laugh, get to taste some good local beer and have a good time.”

The barbecue buffet and silent auction will begin at 7 p.m. The show will start at approximately 8 p.m. with the first spelling bee commencing at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets to the Spelling Bee(r) Fundraiser, which can be purchases at thebob.com or at the BOB’s box office, are $20 for spectators and participants and include the comedy show, the spelling bees, a drink ticket, and a barbecue buffet provided by Gilmore Catering. Designated driver tickets are also available for $10 and include all the previously mentioned perks except for the drink ticket. All proceeds will go toward the Grand Rapids Public Library summer reading program.