because there's forty different shades of black (dearanxiety) wrote,

Help me to cheat in a spelling bee!

Hi all! I think that this is the first time I've participated in an event for charity that required me to fund raise, so I'm sorry if I'm not very graceful at it. But the cause is really important to me, so I decided to get past my awkwardness and give it a go!

(Here's the link, but there's more information below!)

I'm trying to raise money for an amazing organization - 826 Valencia. San Francisco locals mostly know it well, and visitors may recall checking out the "pirate store" on Valencia Street that is part of 826. For those of you who don't know the work they do, let me tell you a little bit about it. 826 Valencia is a non-profit that supports students in their writing skills in San Francisco. They do all kinds of workshops and events for children and they send volunteers into the schools. They are supported by your generous donations. A lot of these young people don't have other opportunities to participate in these sorts of programs and of course, as a librarian, I know the importance of getting children excited about writing! This is the future, guys!

You can read more about all the exciting things they do by going to their website, here.

So, what does this have to do with me? Well! I'm participating in a Spelling Bee for Cheaters! I've joined a team (of mostly librarians) and we plan to whoop the butts of such luminaries as Lemony Snicket
and Michael Chabon (who are participating on other teams). The more money we raise, the more we are allowed to cheat. And while I may be a bit of a grammar snob, you should all know I'll take all the help I
can get when it comes to spelling! We haven't yet reached our goal, but we are currently in first place and want to stay there! My team is called Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe (get it? huh? huh?) and we want
to WIN! We also want to raise the most money for 826 Valencia and every little bit helps.

Please donate, if you can, even just a couple of dollars. I'll appreciate it, my teammates won't kick me off the team, 826 Valencia will appreciate it, and of course the children and their families will
appreciate it. All donations over 25 dollars are, of course, tax deductible.

Use this link here to read more about the bee and to donate for me and my team! And please spread the word to anyone else who might want to help!

xoxo
Sharon

http://tiny.cc/826valencia4sharon
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