Third Annual Spelling Bee for Grownups

CDI’s Spring 2019 Fundraising Event:

Wednesday, May 22, 6pm – 9pm

Ethical Culture Society Social Hall, 2 West 64th Street

Each year, CDI provides intensive, individualized support to 4,000 diverse NYC public high school students to help them graduate and go on to college, advanced job training and career success.

Your support helps change the economic future of these at-risk young people. One diploma, one job, one family at a time.

Join us for:

Music and comedy from the Williamsburg Spelling Bee Masters

The Student Championship round, where high school students vie for first place

Buffet and open bar featuring the signature marga-bee-ta cocktail

Fabulous bee trophies for the winning teams!

Best of New York raffle

And…the competitive butchering of the English language!

Sponsorship Levels

Platinum Spelling Bee Sponsors $10,000

  • Your logo/name in all event materials and signage, social media and press
  • A salute to your company sung by CDI’s Executive Director Michael Roberts
  • 20 tickets

Gold Spelling Bee Sponsors $5,000

  • Your logo/name in all event materials and signage, social media and press
  • 10 tickets

Silver Spelling Bee Sponsors $2,500

  • Your logo/name in event materials, social media and press
  • 8 tickets

Bronze Badge Spelling Bee Sponsors $1,500

  • Your logo/name in event handouts
  • 6 tickets

Copper Prize Spelling Bee Sponsors $1,000

  • Your logo/name in event handouts
  • 4 tickets

Honey Comb Spelling Bee Sponsors $200

  • 1 ticket
  • Solo, duo or small group? We’ll match you with others at a fun table.


  • I can’t be there on May 22nd but I want to support CDI’s students. And good spelling.

Your sponsorship supports CDI’s college and career preparation services and makes it possible for student and teacher teams to participate at the Bee. Thank you!

For further information, contact Andrée Lockwood:
212-353-2010, x181

Join Past Sponsors

Spelling was never my best subject.

That’s what makes this event fun! There’s spirited competition, laughter and a chance to finally get a redo on that humiliating loss in third grade. After a couple of marga-bee-tas the spelling really gets creative. And there’s a trophy for that, too! The whole point is to have a good time while helping students graduate from high school prepared for their next step.

What do I get if I win?

Bragging rights and highly desirable, greatly coveted bee trophies suitable for a place of honor on your desk, mantle or guest bathroom.

Can I get help?

Sure! Purchase a Bee Token and you can buy a letter from the beemasters or someone on your team.

What else do I need to know?

It’s fun! Lively. Mouthwatering buffet, frosty cocktails. And the satisfaction of opening the doors of success for the next generation.

I don’t have a full table – is that okay?

Of course! A lot of people come solo or with a small group. We’ll put you at a great table and you can form a team.