Scrabble Fest to benefit Literacy Volunteers

In the game Scrabble, the word literacy is worth 13 points. In real life, it’s priceless.

Friday, Sept. 21, Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County will hold its sixth annual Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble Fest.

“Scrabble Fest is much more than just another fund-raiser,” said Meg Henderson, LVOC coordinator.

“Scrabble Fest is also a way to raise awareness of LVOC and our efforts to combat the issue of illiteracy in Oswego County,” she added. “Currently approximately 20 percent of the adult population of Oswego County cannot read above the 5th grade level. The majority of LVOC clients are between the ages of 19 and 59, with the fastest growing age group entering the program being between 18 and 29.

“It is an issue that needs to be addressed, as these individuals are unable to do what many take for granted such as reading newspapers and magazines, medication labels, recipes and most books,” added Henderson. “LVOC offers the opportunity for them to gain the literary skills and computer skills necessary for daily activities and more.”

Operating under the auspices of Oswego County Opportunities, LVOC provides free, confidential services such as: basic literacy that includes writing and simple math skills; English literacy to improve English speaking, reading and writing skills along with some simple math skills; and computer literacy that uses computer stations in the LVOC office to teach basic computer skills.

The sixth annual LVOC Scrabble Fest will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Oswego Elks Lodge #271.

Teams of four will compete against each other in four 20-minute rounds. Team scores will be tallied and the top three teams will be awarded prizes.

Additionally, to add to the fun of the event, there will be prizes for best team uniforms, as well as the team and individual who brings in the most pledges.   “Whether you’re playing, or just rooting on your favorite team, Scrabble Fest is the great opportunity to get your friends, family or co-workers together for an evening of fun for a very worthwhile cause that can have a tremendously positive impact on a person’s life,” added Henderson.

In addition to the Scrabble competition, Henderson said that there will be a silent auction featuring some great items donated by local merchants who support LVOC and a 50/50 drawing.

The entry fee for a team of 4 includes light refreshments. There is also a separate cost for individuals wishing to attend but not compete in the event.

All proceeds from Scrabble Fest will benefit LVOC.

Those seeking more information or to register a team may call Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County at 342-8839.

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