2022 Kalamazoo ScrabbleFest

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On Saturday, August 6, the Kalamazoo Literacy Council hosted the 11th Kalamazoo SCRABBLE® Fest at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, to benefit adult literacy. Each year, players meet up for an exciting day of gaming to raise awareness and funds that directly serve adult learners across the region. Kalamazoo Scrabble Fest is the city’s only Scrabble tournament and is the KLC’s largest fundraiser! 

Serving a need
In Kalamazoo County, 25,000 people –1 in 8 adults — struggle to read, which means they are not able to apply for jobs, manage their health, or help their children learn. In fact, research shows that children of parents with low literacy levels have a 72% chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. In 2021, we introduced the Read and Seed Interpretive Learning Center, a community garden and outdoor classroom designed to inspire multi-generational learning. The site blends Health and Parent Literacy and welcomes tutors, volunteers, adult learners, and their families. All KLC literacy services are FREE and we are currently serving hundreds of learners across the region through the Virtual Learning Center and in-person classes.

Participation in Kalamazoo Scrabble Fest is a fun and easy way to support adult literacy in the community. See below for the 2022 winners and stay tuned for how you can come play with us in 2023! For questions on sponsorship or volunteering, email Kito or call (269) 382-0490 ext. 211. 


2022 winners & Photos

CONGRATS to all of this year’s winners:
Competitive Division:
1st Place: *Kalamazoo Scrabble Fest Champion* Rob Wall Emerson
2nd Place: Charles Armstrong
3rd Place: Matt Maynard

Teams Division:
1st Place: Humphrey Products
2nd Place: Maple Hill Auto
3rd Place: Thesaurus Rex (Ascension Borgess)

Just for Fun Division:
1st Place: Deb Grosteffon
2nd Place: Sarah Bierema
3rd Place:  Monifa Jumanne

Cage Matches:
Kelly Snow
Luann Cali

Online Division:
1st Place: Kate Kirk-Greenberg
2nd Place: Paula Aldridge
3rd Place: Dori Ravotas

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Can’t attend Scrabble Fest but still want to support the KLC? All gifts are welcomed and greatly appreciated. 100% of proceeds will directly benefit free adult literacy programs and services. Please use the button below to donate.

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Thank you to our financial and in-kind sponsors and partners! 

  • Keith and Julie Lewandowski
  • Keith and Paula Aldridge
  • Honorable Julie M. Rogers and Dr. Ed Orloff
  • Douglas & Son, Inc.
  • Balloons by Tecia (269) 344-2999

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