February 8, 2017
2016 OnPoint Prize Educator of the Year (K-8), Emily Ferguson, has called Portland her home since 2002 when she put her cats in the car drove here from the Appalachian Mountains. She loves to sing and play guitar and is terrible at Bananagrams but will play it anytime with anyone. The first word she worked to learn to spell was for revenge: her best friend, a year older than her, chided her for not being able to spell ‘elephant’ one day, so that night, distraught by embarrassment but resolved to make a glorious comeback the next day, she enlisted her dad to help. “Elephant?!” he cried. “That’s for amateurs! Let’s learn vegetable!” And so she did and was redeemed in the eyes of Allison the next day (who had actually forgotten that the whole thing had happened at all). Other proud moments in her life of spelling include mastering ‘vacuum,’ ‘broccoli,’ and ‘onomatopoeia’–and getting her middle school students to do the same each year. She is currently engaged in a fierce battle with ‘hors d’oeuvres,’ and is losing faith that she’ll ever win that war.
Will her years of struggle help her school the competition? Get your tickets to the 2017 Celebrity Spelling Bee and find out!
February 8, 2017
Steve Owen is the SVP/Chief Operations Officer at OnPoint Community Credit Union. Raised in Georgia, Steve Owen is the epitome of a southern gentleman. But watch how quickly the gloves come off when the title of 2017 Celebrity Spelling Bee Champ is… Read more »
February 7, 2017
This next auction item will whip you into shape for spring: a certificate for three classes at any Portland barre3 location! barre3 is a low-impact, full-body workout that is tailored to every participant’s needs and abilities. Get your tickets for… Read more »
February 7, 2017
Shawn Levy is a New York Times bestselling author and former film critic for The Oregonian and KGW-TV. He serves on the board of Operation Pitch Invasion, building soccer fields and courts in ‘recreation deserts’ around the Portland area. He… Read more »
February 6, 2017
If you make your way to the Celebrity Spelling Bee auction, you will have the chance to bid on a one-year membership to the Audubon Society of Portland. Founded 110 years ago, the Audubon Society is dedicated to education, conservation, wildlife… Read more »
February 5, 2017
Another fun item that will be featured in the Celebrity Spelling Bee auction is a package of two tickets to see Michael Frayne’s classic showbiz comedy Noises Off at Bag&Baggage. Called the funniest farce ever written, this story of a disastrous dress… Read more »
February 4, 2017
Spend an afternoon at the Wilsonville Family Fun Center & Bullwinkles Restaurant with this auction item: two $20 arcade cards and a free large one-topping pizza! With tons of fun activities like the Soaring Eagle Zipline, mini golf, Go Karts,… Read more »
February 3, 2017
Take a trip to Sherwood Forest with two tickets to Robin Hood at the Northwest Children’s Theater! The chance to see this hilarious, heist-filled adaptation of the classic tales of Robin Hood, Maid Marion, and all the rest is just… Read more »
February 2, 2017
Brush up on your Pacific Northwest history with a one-year membership to the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, one of the many exciting items that will be auctioned off at the Celebrity Spelling Bee. Get your tickets here!