2024 Kalamazoo Scrabble Fest

kalamazoo scrabble fest

On Saturday, August 10, 2024 the Kalamazoo Literacy Council will host the 13th 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! This year, our 50th anniversary, promises to be more exciting than ever with a greater downtown presence and more ways to get in on the fun. 

Serving a need
Literacy is a right that everyone deserves. But 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. The KLC provides FREE basic literacy services that empower adults to become more confident and capable parents, employees, and community members. Each year, we serve hundreds of native English speakers and English language learners with one-on-one tutoring and classes that strengthen reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension skills. 100% of funds raised for Kalamazoo Scrabble Fest positively impacts adult learners and their families, the volunteers that support them, and will help to further the KLC’s vision to make Kalamazoo County a fully literate community.

How you can help
Become a player:
Participation in Kalamazoo Scrabble Fest is a fun and easy way to help empower local adults through literacy. The player registration fee ($25) includes a commemorative tshirt, delicious hors d’oeuvres, free parking, and gaming materials. Register here at Eventbrite

Become a sponsor: Your sponsorship contributions have many benefits! From supplying materials to funding volunteer training to supporting a Community Literacy Center, Scrabble Fest sponsors are making an immediate, positive impact in the community. Download the sponsorship packet here – we have many levels to choose from, each with special recognition and opportunities. Please contact Kito at (269) 382-0490 ext. 4786 with any questions or to request a meeting to learn more about the KLC. 

Thanks to all our 2024 sponsors and volunteers! We are proud to offer free parking in the Radisson ramp courtesy of our friends at Maple Hill Auto Group.  We are also grateful to our volunteer word judges, timers, hosts, scorekeepers, and set up/clean up crew. 

2023 winners

Competitive Division:
1st Place: *Kalamazoo Scrabble Fest Champion* Charles Armstrong
2nd Place: Matt Maynard
3rd Place: Karrie Bowe

Teams Division:
1st Place: Maple Hill Auto Group 
2nd Place: Goodwill Industries 
3rd Place: Kalamazoo Literacy Council

Just for Fun Division:
1st Place: Carolyn Quinn
2nd Place: Ann Rather
3rd Place:  Allison Pruitt

Cage Match players:
Greg Baldino
Randy Kim 
Anna Langerveld
Stephanie Giguere

Donate to the klc

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.

Thank you! 

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Donation Total: $20 One Time

Thank you to our financial and in-kind sponsors! 

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

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