Toledo Symphony team wins spelling bee that raised $80K for charity

Posted on: November 3, 2016

“Toledo Symphony took home the trophy at this year’s 29th annual Blade Corporate Spelling Bee,” states an unsigned article in last Thursday’s (10/27) Toledo Blade (Ohio). “ ‘It feels so good. We all come together once a year for a wonderful cause,’ said Catherine Hann, development associate for Toledo Symphony. ‘It was a really fun event.’ Approximately 52 teams and 270 people participated at [the October 27] event at The Pinnacle in Maumee. An estimated $80,000 was raised. Jeanette Hrovatich, executive director of Read for Literacy … was also co-director of the 2016 Spelling Bee committee…. This year all proceeds will be donated to Read for Literacy and Claire’s Day. ‘It’s a really great team experience and good competitive spirit,’ Ms. Hrovatich said. This year’s second place winner went to Toledo Edison and third place went to University of Toledo Foundation.” Members of the Toledo Symphony’s team, in addition to Catherine Hann, included musicians Valrie Kantorski (keyboard) and Merwin Siu (principal second violin), and Kim Ferguson, development gift coordinator.

Posted November 3, 2016