Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Photos from SPD’s Sixth-Annual BEE-IN!

The Sixth Annual SPD Spelling “Bee-In” and Silent Auction was held on Monday, May 14th, at the Crown Point Gallery in San Francisco, and it was a huge success, bringing in much-needed funds for SPD. In fact, it earned more than any of our previous fundraisers!

The winner of the spelling bee itself was Jacqueline Luckett, author of Passing Love. Her victory was presumed to be a case of karmic payback for the fact that mysterious anti-spelling forces caused SPDers to misspell Jacqueline’s name on her name tag for the event! She narrowly beat out Mission-dweller (and author of Damascus) Joshua Mohr on the word “hirsute,” meaning hairy or shaggy or difficult to spell.

The event appeared to be fun for everyone, with the possible exception of some of our very brave spellers. As Dennis Bernstein, KPFA radio personality and new SPD author of Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom, put it as he worked on the word “bivouac”: “You know, I report on torture. And this is torture.”

Hence it is with the greatest and sincerest gratitude that we thank all our spellers, our sponsors, all the donors to the silent auction, the volunteers, and everyone who bought a ticket, for subjecting themselves to last night’s exercise in pleasure/torture....


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