A different kind of buzz will be had at Hardywood this week.
The fifth annual RVA Awesome Adult Spelling Bee to benefit the Podium Foundation will be held Wednesday evening at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.
More than a dozen teams representing various Richmond businesses and groups will compete for bragging rights and a 38-inch, golden-bee-topped trophy, with proceeds going to Podium, a local nonprofit that provides writing programs for Richmond youth.
And this year, Richmond BizSense is entering the fray.
Previous bee winners have included ad firm West Cary Group, which won last year, and two-time winner Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Both will be competing again this year, along with teams from Axis Partners, Canal Capital Management, Elevation Advertising, Fulton Bank, Good Day RVA, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, Impact Makers, Hodges Partnership and Hunton & Williams.
Rounding out the field will be teams from James River Writers, Naxos Consulting, Richmond Magazine, Scribe on Demand, Single Stone Consulting and Virginia Commonwealth University. Joel Bieber Firm and McGuireWoods are also sponsoring the event but not competing.
“It’s the only fundraiser we do for the year, and we’re looking forward to raising awareness about our programs,” said Lindy Bumgarner, Podium’s executive director.
In addition to the trophy, awards will be given for best team spirit and costumes, and attendees can enjoy appetizers provided by Anything Goes Catering and a raffle for tickets to local sporting events and other prizes.
“Some people take it more seriously than others, but it’s a fun spelling bee,” Bumgarner said. “It’s really about having fun and raising awareness for writing programs we provide for Richmond students.”
Loyal BizSense readers: come on out to cheer on our team – or heckle us as we confront life without spell check.
Tickets are $35 each or $50 for a pair and can be purchased here.