Hive forming at Plant Zero for charity spelling bee

Last year’s spelling bee at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. (Podium Foundation)

Manchester will be swarming with spellers this week, as teams representing Richmond’s business community compete to correctly form words in the name of charity.

Local nonprofit Podium Foundation will host its seventh annual RVA Awesome Adult Spelling Bee on Thursday, with Plant Zero’s RVA Event Space serving as the hive for the evening.

Teams will vie for bragging rights and the coveted 38-inch, golden-bee-topped trophy, with proceeds going to Podium Foundation, which provides writing programs for Richmond youth and puts on the annual contest. Team sponsorships and other proceeds from last year’s bee raised $15,000 for the organization’s programs.

Last year’s winner, Scribe On Demand, will be back to defend its top-speller status, competing against teams from Axis Partners, C.F. Sauer Co., Christian & Barton, Dominion Energy and Hunton Andrews Kurth.

Rounding out the field are Impact Makers, James River Writers, Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank, Kimble CPA, Little Star Communications, Mighty Pen Project, Richmond Magazine, Shady Grove Coffeehouse, The Change Decision, The Idea Center and Zuula.

Richmond BizSense is serving again as the media sponsor for this year’s event, which will include beer from Stone Brewing and Manchester’s own Legend Brewing Co. There will be food from Chick-fil-a, Frostings, Greek on Cary, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Secret Sandwich Society and Station 2, and attendees can take part in a raffle for prizes from local merchants.

Thursday’s event starts with a 5 p.m. happy hour, followed by the bee at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 each or $50 for a pair and can be purchased at the door and online here. Details can be found on Podium’s website.

Scribe On Demand won last year’s event. (Podium Foundation)

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