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August 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Educational Enrichment Foundation Announces Stellar Speller Lineup

TUCSON, ARIZ. – One notable Tucsonan in the Educational Enrichment Foundation’s 6th Annual Celebrity Spelling Bee lineup will emerge victorious, and teachers across Tucson Unified School District will win big. Emcee for the evening, John Pedicone will keep rivalries in check as proceeds from the event benefit classroom grants from EEF to teachers for classroom supplies, school projects, and desperately needed equipment.

Competition has already heated up between the spellers who have plans to use social media to leverage their chances at the microphone. Spellers and their affiliations include:
AMBER ADIL, Angel Charity for Children
STEPHANIE BALZER, The Drawing Studio
STEVE FARLEY, Arizona State Senate
DAVE FITZSIMMONS, Arizona Daily Star
SUE GILES, Tucson Lifestyle Magazine
MARYANN GREEN, University High School
GREG HANSEN, Arizona Daily Star
TODD HOLTHAUS, Pima Community College Women’s Basketball
ANGIE JOHNSON-SMITH, Smith & Dale Philanthropic Counsel
CURTIS MCCRARY, The Rialto Theatre
PETER MICHAELS, Arizona Public Media
KADE MISLINSKI, Batch and Saguaro Corners
JIM NINTZEL, Tucson Weekly
ADAM REX, Children’s Book Author/Illustrator
JIM ROSBOROUGH, Pima Community College Women’s Basektball
MARK RUBIN, Law Office of Mark Rubin/Pima Medical Institute
DAVID SLUTES, Hotel Congress
DUSTIN WILLIAMS, Pima County School Superintendent’s Office
BETTY VILLEGAS, Community Volunteer
MELISSA VITO, University of Arizona Office of the Provost
Sponsors include TEP, Rialto Theatre, Learning A-Z, Bookman’s and Smith&Dale Philanthropic Counsel.

EEF encourages all of Tucson to follow these spellers on social media to join in on the pre-bee antics. EEF’s Celebrity Spelling Bee begins at 7 p.m. on August 25, 2017 at The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress. Tickets will be available online at eeftucson.org and at The Rialto Theater for $20 for adults and $5 for children. Attendees are invited to the after party Spellabration at Club Congress immediately following the Bee.


The Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF) is an independent non-profit 501c3 organization founded by Tucson’s community and business leaders in order to support the students and teachers within Tucson Unified School District schools.

Established in 1983, EEF is the oldest foundation of its kind in Arizona and serves 49,000 TUSD students annually. Through its grants, scholarships, professional development programs, and community activities, EEF actively provides enhanced and enriched learning resources for TUSD students, teachers, and schools, advocates for educational excellence for all children, and ensures access to educational enrichment opportunities within TUSD for financially in-need students.

EEF programs are supported by corporate and non-profit grants, payroll deductions made by hundreds of dedicated TUSD employees, and contributions from the general public.