Some people have trouble saying the word anthophilous, but on Thursday night a team made up of Bruce King, Sara Gravitt, Sarah Skinner, and Mike Capizzani not only said it, but spelled the word correctly to win the adult spelling bee held at South Stokes High School.
The event, sponsored by Walnut Ridge Assisted Living, benefitted East Stokes Outreach Ministries and raised $2,500 to help aid the 850-900 families the program serves each month in the eastern part of Stokes County.
“I think it went well and turned out to be a success. We wanted to see people come and have fun. East Stokes Outreach does so much for the community. Right now they need a truck to help pick up food and we’re hoping these funds will help,” said organizer Angie Bailey.
Along with the spelling bee winners, awards went out to teams with the best name, best decorated table, and best dressed.
Perry Carroll of King Rotary Club won best dressed. ESOM’s Thrift Store, Nifty Thrifty won best decorated team table. The Lawsonville Stingers from Peters Creek Baptist Church won the award for best dressed team. Best team name went to Fonetic Fulp from Fulp Moravian Church.
“I think people enjoy being able to dress up and have fun. There’s also a challenge to it and you get to work with a team. We saw a different crowd come out to support East Stokes and that’s great,” Bailey explained.
ESOM’s Executive Director Marchelle Brown said she was thankful for the community support.
“We’re so appreciative. It’s about the community helping the community and neighbors helping neighbors.”
For those unable to attend Thursday’s event and would like to partner with East Stokes Outreach there’s a number of opportunities available.
“We can always use volunteers,” Brown said. “And food of any type. The gardens are getting ready to come in so fresh produce is always appreciated. It’s something that’s hard to come by and we’re thankful to get it. We could use people who are willing to volunteer to pick up furniture for the thrift store. People willing to do heavy lifting is always helpful.”
Through Second Harvest ESOM is able to purchase food for .19 a pound.
Brown said, “People may not realize it, but dollars go a long way when they’re donated.”
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.