Celeb Spellers Let Loose for School Supplies

February 20, 2013

by the PEMCO Insurance WALLY Event Team

Behind the oversized sunglasses, feathery boas and giant scissor props at the PEMCO photo booth, it was hard to tell the trouble-makers apart from the A students at the annual OnPoint Community Credit Union Celebrity Spelling Bee benefiting Schoolhouse Supplies on January 31st. But one thing was for sure – everyone had a great time letting loose in support of Schoolhouse Supplies’ mission to connect students with awesome tools for learning.

When we’re not studying our spelling bee flash cards, our team of PEMCO Brand Ambassadors travels around the Northwest, supporting events and activities that are important to our community.  This was our first year attending Schoolhouse Supplies’ annual star-studded Celebrity Spelling Bee, and we were eager to partake in a night of intelligent fun.

As the evening’s nearly 400 guests began to trickle in, sharply dressed attendees had no qualms about adding a little Portland-esque flair to their ensemble and came to strike a pose at the souvenir photo booth as part of the evening’s festivities.

One particularly clever-looking couple stopped by the booth and showed off a pair of sparkly glasses for their glamour shot. Little did we know that one of them would later become the evening’s spelling bee champion.

PEMCO-Blog-ziaThat’s right: Zia McCabe of The Dandy Warhols, who earned the title as this year’s OnPoint Celebrity Spelling Bee Champion. The word that clinched Zia’s victory was “gnathonic,” meaning deceitfully flattering.

For almost 14 years, Schoolhouse Supplies has been helping teachers provide their students with the school supplies they need to be successful. As a local company that was founded by a teacher, PEMCO thinks that’s pretty great.  Not only did we have a blast snapping pictures and helping Spelling Bee guests accessorize for their shot, but we’ve really enjoyed learning about all of the ways that Schoolhouse Supplies helps teachers and students in the Portland community.  We’re looking forward to continuing to work together to support this A-W-E-S-O-M-E cause!

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See you soon!