Spellers to swarm Hardywood for annual charity bee

Twenty teams will compete in the spelling bee at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. (Podium Foundation)

Last year’s event at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery raised $22,000 for charity. (Podium Foundation)

Next week, Richmond’s business community once again will brave a world without spellcheck in the name of charity.

The sixth annual RVA Awesome Adult Spelling Bee will take place next Thursday, May 18, at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.

More than 20 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 Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides writing programs for Richmond youth. Teams participate through sponsorships ranging from $500 to $5,000.

Podium said last year’s event raised $22,000, helping its programs reach 280 local children. Proceeds from this year’s bee will support summer community programs for middle school students.

Previous bee winners have included ad firm West Cary Group, Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond Magazine, which walked away with last year’s trophy. The Hodges Partnership and Scribe On Demand tied for second last year.

Impact Makers is the event’s presenting sponsor, and Richmond BizSense is the media sponsor and will likewise have a team competing in the bee. BizSense’s “Teem Typo” looks to vindicate itself after last year’s early-round exit for missing the “e” in “puerile” – a word obviously meant for the bee’s more difficult, later rounds.

Also competing in this year’s bee are Axis Partners, Dominion Energy, Experity, Fahrenheit Group, Fulton Bank, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, Hirschler Fleischer, Hodges Partnership and Hunton & Williams.

Teams participate through sponsorships ranging from $500 to $5,000. (Podium Foundation)

Teams participate through sponsorships ranging from $500 to $5,000. (Podium Foundation)

Rounding out the field are The Law Office of David M. Smith, James River Writers, Mama J’s, McGuireWoods, One Digital, Richmond Magazine, Scribe On Demand, Swedish Match, Workshop Digital and Zuula Consulting.

In addition to the trophy, awards will be given for best team spirit and costumes, and new this year, awards will be presented to the longest-competing team in three industry categories: advertising/marketing firms, law firms and news media.

Attendees can enjoy appetizers from Mama J’s and desserts from Carytown Cupcakes, and a raffle for prizes from local merchants.

A happy hour starts at 4:30 p.m., and the bee starts at 5:30. Individual tickets that also benefit Podium are available for $35, or $50 for a pair. Tickets can be purchased here, and details are available on Podium’s website.

Loyal BizSense readers: Come on out to cheer on our team – or heckle us if we bow out early again this year.

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