2021 Kalamazoo ScrabbleFest

10th kalamazoo scrabble fest

The Kalamazoo Literacy Council hosted the 10th Kalamazoo SCRABBLE® Fest on October 9th, 2021, 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. This is the KLC’s largest fundraiser. For our 10th year, we moved to a bigger venue and added a new online option for players to participate virtually. We also streamed the event live on our Facebook page with support from our friends at Public Media Network.  

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.


2021 winners

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

Teams Division:
1st Place: Humphrey Products
2nd Place: The Kalamazoo Promise
3rd Place: KLC Interns

Just for Fun Division:
1st Place: Janet Dickerson
2nd Place: Shirley Lohrberg
3rd Place: Raymond Wilson

Cage Matches:
Terese Banner
Dorothy Kemp

Online Division:
Paula A.
Susan S.

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Couldn’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! 

  • Keith and Julie Lewandowski
  • Community Services Charity
  • Paula M. Alridge
  • Honorable Julie M. Rogers and Dr. Ed Orloff
  • Caricatures by Kenjji
  • J.E.C.K.S. Family Foundation 

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