That's right! On Tuesday, September 16th, The Alley will host "So You Thought You Could Spell Spelling Bee: Part Deux." The event is part spelling bee, part comedy show, and part local celebrity roast. Regardless of what you call it, it should be quite the party. Plus, the entire shindig will benefit Be A Mentor, a local education nonprofit. Oh, and I'll be one of the participants!
The Alley has put together a lineup featuring Charleston celebrities and community leaders who will attempt to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee-styled contest. During the event, contestants can ask for their designated word to be used in a sentence, its country of origin, its pronunciation, etc. Although the competition is single elimination, a contestant that is knocked out can keep playing if a friend in the audience makes a donation to Be A Mentor.
The public is invited to watch, but you probably want to leave the children at home for this one. Admission is a $5 donation to Be A Mentor.
This year's contestants are:
- Blair Barna (owner of Charleston City Paper)
- Natty Heavy (Charleston’s Best DJ per Charleston City Paper's Best Of Awards)
- Box (Morning Radio Host at 105.5 The Bridge)
- Kelly (Morning Radio Host at 105.5 The Bridge)
- Tyler Boone (Local musician)
- John Keener (Owner of Charleston Crab House)
- Shep Rose (Southern Charm)
- Chandler Thomas (Local Author)
- Catherine Dority (CVB)
- Craig Conover (Southern Charm)
- Jermel President (former CofC Basketball player and Founder of DAE Foundation)
- Dave Holscher (President of The North Charleston Coliseum)
- Stephanie Barna (Former Editor in Chief of Charleston City Paper)
- Ryan Eleuteri (Founder of Charleston Mix)
- David Aylor (Attorney)
- Christian Senger (Founder of Holy City Sinner)
- Paul Roof (Founder of Holy City Beard and Mustache Society)
- Tommy Baker (Owner of Baker Motors)
- Meaghan Wallace (Live 5 News)
- Tim Keane (City of Charleston Planning Director)
- Dave Crowley (Owner The Alley)
- Jon Bruce (ABC News 4)
- Bryce Donovan (Writer and MC of Spelling Bee)
- Chris Fraser (2014 Chairman of Charleston Chamber of Commerce and member of the Charleston County School District Board of Trustees).
- Jimmy Poole - (Alley owner & co-moderator of Bee)