February 20th event will benefit literacy programs and feature The Willie Schoellkopf Band
Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara will host a special fundraising event at Sportsmen’s Tavern as part of the agency’s annual Scrabble®Fest season. The party will take place at 6:30pm on Thursday, February 20th and will feature live music from The Willie Schoellkopf Band. There will be a $3 cover charge at the door, and guests are encouraged to make a $15 donation to participate in the Scrabble® tournament.
The two-month Scrabble®Fest campaign raises funds to support programs which aim to combat illiteracy in Western New York. Dozens of word lovers enjoy friendly competition during Scrabble®Fest public and private parties which are held throughout Erie and Niagara Counties.
“This is our third year hosting a Scrabble®Fest party at Sportsmen’s Tavern, and it is one of my favorite events,” said Director of Marketing and Development Jennifer Westerholt. “With the help of Buffalo-booster and music aficionado Seamus Gallivan, Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara is able to offer attendees a fun night out, for a good cause, with the added bonus of fantastic, live local music.”
The Scrabble®Fest tournament season continues through March, with parties taking place in people’s homes and in local restaurants and businesses. A winner from each event will be invited to compete in the Scrabble®Fest Finals at the Buffalo Central Library on Sunday March 9, when the Western New York Scrabble Champion will be crowned.
“We ask the community for its support of Scrabble®Fest, as proceeds directly support our adult and children’s literacy programs,” said Interim Operating Officer Susan Shaft. “One in five Western New York residents is functionally illiterate, and reversing that alarming trend is our critical goal.”
If you are interested in hosting a Scrabble®Fest party at your home or would like more information on scheduled Scrabble®Fest events, please call Director of Marketing and Development Jennifer Westerholt at Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara at 876-8991.