Read To Succeed Celebrity Spelling Bee

Oct 21, 2021 at 10:15 am by WGNS

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Nine Rutherford County celebrities will compete in the 15th annual Read To Succeed Celebrity Spelling Bee on Nov. 4th at 6 p.m. The special event will be streamed LIVE on the organization’s Facebook page.

Read To Succeed Executive Director Jolene Radnoti said, “It’s a wonderful thing to have local celebs come out and show their support for a local nonprofit while also duking it out for the trophy.”

This year’s competitors are Frank “Frank and His Camera” Caperton; Delon Eckles, Smyrna firefighter; Essence Brisco, Rutherford County Works; Lori Cutler, Redstone Federal Credit Union; Dr. Echell Eady, TN College of Applied Tech; Justin Holder, Parks Realty; Robin Seay, Parks Realty; Lisa Trail, Murfreesboro City Schools; James Evans, Rutherford County Schools.

The Celebrity Spelling Bee serves as Read To Succeed’s largest fundraiser of the year, averaging over $65,000 in donations and sponsorships for the Murfreesboro-based nonprofit. These funds are used to promote literacy for both children and adults throughout Rutherford County.

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The Celebrity Spelling Bee in Murfreesboro

In just the past three months, Read To Succeed has donated over 4,000 books to teachers and students, taught English as a second language to 180 immigrants in the area and tutored over 20 Adult Basic English students as their work toward earning their HiSET—a GED equivalent diploma.

“The Celebrity Bee really is all about the community because that’s who we serve,” Radnoti said. “Our programs put books in the hands of our local students, help English-speaking adults improve their literacy skills so they can earn their diploma. We also help foreign adults improve their English so they can be a bigger part of the community.”

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About Read To Succeed

Read To Succeed improves lives in Rutherford County and promotes literacy with free programs and resources for children and adults. Read To Succeed supports its mission by fostering partnerships with providers, educators, community helpers, and business owners, creating events and programming to promote literacy

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