The Corporate Spelling Bee is a great evening of fun, food, and philanthropy. Greater Boston businesses and service providers like Eaton Vance, K & L Gates, Cabot Corporation, Deloitte Touche, IBM, Citibank, Cambridge Trust, and the Bank of New York Mellon field teams of spellers to compete for the Championship Cup. Attendees are treated to drinks, dinner and a few hours of entertaining competition, the proceeds from which make an enormous and ongoing difference in our communities.
For the first time in its 24 year history, the Spelling Bee will be televised. This year BNN recorded and will broadcast the event. Former WBZ anchor, Josh Binswanger, returned for his fourth year of hosting as will long-time judge David Jost, editor of the American Heritage Dictionary, and Win Carus, a computational linquist and President of Information Extraction Systems.
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Spellers Suzanne Lambert, Kate Johnson, and Jessica Katz with the trophy.
Photograph by Ed Malitsky
First Literacy’s 24th Corporate Spelling Bee took place on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Theatre 1 at the Revere Hotel Boston Common. Congratulations to the team from Eaton Vance, featuring members Suzanne Lambert, Kate Johnson, and Jessica Katz which won the Bee by correctly spelling the word "demesne," which means possession and use of one's own land; the grounds belonging to a mansion or country house. Examples of the words used this year are:
Preliminary Swarms one through six:
Our thanks to all the teams that participated in the 2013 Corporate Spelling Bee!
American Stock Transfer Company
Bank of New York Mellon
Boston Business Journal
Boston Financial Data Services
Cambridge Trust Company
Connell Limited Partnership
Corderman & Company
D. F. King
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
K & L Gates
Office Environments of New England
Peabody Office Furniture
Shawmut Design and Construction
State Street Corporation
Highlights from the 2012 Corporate Spelling Bee. Video and photography by Ed Malitsky