Scrabble Mania Tournament for LiteracyCNY

Building Words and Raising Funds for Community Literacy

Jim and Sistina have some fun with Scrabble, as they learn about an upcoming fundraiser.

Love playing the game Scrabble? Well, here is your chance to play for a good cause with friendly competition. LiteracyCNY is returning with its 7th Annual Scrabble Mania tournament fundraiser to give back to the community.

Executive Director Marsha Tait and Sammy Award Winning Jazz Musician Ronnie Leigh talk to Bridge Street about how they are providing adults in the area with literacy tools and skills and how you can help them by participating in this tournament. Teams of 8-10 people will compete in 20 minute heats for the highest Scrabble score; each round winner receiving an award along with a Grand Champion. Every round begins with a given word in a certain position to make sure teams don't come with boards memorized, making it not your average Scrabble game. There will be forty tables at this event and approximately 400 people are expected to attend.

Not only will there be Scrabble boards and friendly competition, but there will also be entertainment, and refreshments for the event. Ronnie Leigh discusses how fun the atmosphere is at the event and how it's enjoyable for all.

An average of 20,000 adults have low literacy skills and LiteracyCNY helps by sending these adults to Boards of Cooperative Educational Services or other schools. LiteracyCNY has been connecting with other community agencies on top of these fundraisings for 45 years to provide an adult education to help those in need.

The 7th Annual Scrabble Mania tournament will take place at the Oncenter beginning at 5pm, Friday February 3rd. For a single ticket, the cost is $65 and for a table of 8-10 people, the cost is $650. For more information on the organization, you can visit

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