Scrabble In the City

Teams in fun costumes go all out for top prize at action-packed Scrabble in the City tournament

Teams go all out for top prize at Scrabble in the City tournament

Scrabble in the City, Ashley Housten, Diana Hoover, Loren Bryant, Amanda Stamplis
 “Women in Black — Cancer Prevention Investigators,” won the award for Best Team Name. Pictured here, Ashley Housten, Diana Hoover, Loren Bryant, Amanda Stamplis. Photo by Matthew Crowley
Scrabble in the City, Madeline Justice; Caroline Rodriguez; Jassney Vargas; Kimberly Singh
Whole Foods Market won the award for Best Team Costume. Pictured here, Madeline Justice, Caroline Rodriguez, Jassney Vargas, Kimberly Singh. Photo by Matthew Crowley
Scrabble in the City, Jessica Dooman; Julai Whipple; David Arias; Robbin Tooms; April Lundy; Sarah Grimmer
Jessica Dooman, Julai Whipple, David Arias, Robbin Tooms, April Lundy, Sarah Grimmer. Photo by Matthew Crowley
Scrabble in the City, The Goya Foods Extra Virgins team
The Goya Foods Extra Virgins team took the coveted top prize, the “Scrabble in the City” trophy.  Photo by Matthew Crowley
Scrabble in the City, Leslie Rainwater; Debra Ford; Laura Eaton; Debra Shniderson
Leslie Rainwater, Debra Ford, Laura Eaton, Debra Shniderson. Photo by Matthew Crowley
Scrabble in the City, Janell Breen; Katy Hole; Khambrel Marshall; Ellen Elam
Janell Breen, Katy Hole, Khambrel Marshall, Ellen Elam. Photo by Matthew Crowley
Scrabble in the City, Larry Dierker; Linda Patterson; Wilma Schindeler; Al Staehely
Larry Dierker, Linda Patterson, Wilma Schindeler, Al Staehely. Photo by Matthew Crowley
Scrabble in the City, Matthew and Camille Casey; Ann and Marc Schroder
Matthew Casey, Camille Casey, Ann Schroder, Marc Schroder. Photo by Matthew Crowley
Scrabble in the City, Jolea Payne; Karina Romero; Melanie Fisk; Sarah Walters-Aramburo; Monica Pope;
 Jolea Payne, Karina Romero, Melanie Fisk, Sarah Walters-Aramburo, Monica Pope.  Photo by Matthew Crowley
Scrabble in the City, Rosario Spinoso; Lauren Smith; Melissa McGehee; Krystal Miles; Joseph Rubio
 Rosario Spinoso, Lauren Smith, Melissa McGehee, Krystal Miles, Joseph Rubio. Photo by Matthew Crowley
Scrabble in the City, Jennifer Evans; Martin Mathus; Carey Kirkpatrick; Jeremy Little
 Jennifer Evans, Martin Mathus, Carey Kirkpatrick, Jeremy Little. Photo by Matthew Crowley
Scrabble in the City, Jennifer Schwartz; Sondee Weiss; Catherine Matusow; Sara Karow
Jennifer Schwartz, Sondee Weiss, Catherine Matusow, Sara Karow, Photo by Matthew Crowley
Scrabble in the City, Guillermo Hernandez; Hannah Casper; Ashley McKenney; Abby Platt
Guillermo Hernandez, Hannah Casper, Ashley McKenney, Abby Platt. Photo by Matthew Crowley
Scrabble in the City, Ashley Housten, Diana Hoover, Loren Bryant, Amanda Stamplis
Scrabble in the City, Madeline Justice; Caroline Rodriguez; Jassney Vargas; Kimberly Singh
Scrabble in the City, Jessica Dooman; Julai Whipple; David Arias; Robbin Tooms; April Lundy; Sarah Grimmer
Scrabble in the City, The Goya Foods Extra Virgins team
Scrabble in the City, Leslie Rainwater; Debra Ford; Laura Eaton; Debra Shniderson
Scrabble in the City, Janell Breen; Katy Hole; Khambrel Marshall; Ellen Elam
Scrabble in the City, Larry Dierker; Linda Patterson; Wilma Schindeler; Al Staehely
Scrabble in the City, Matthew and Camille Casey; Ann and Marc Schroder
Scrabble in the City, Jolea Payne; Karina Romero; Melanie Fisk; Sarah Walters-Aramburo; Monica Pope;
Scrabble in the City, Rosario Spinoso; Lauren Smith; Melissa McGehee; Krystal Miles; Joseph Rubio
Scrabble in the City, Jennifer Evans; Martin Mathus; Carey Kirkpatrick; Jeremy Little
Scrabble in the City, Jennifer Schwartz; Sondee Weiss; Catherine Matusow; Sara Karow
Scrabble in the City, Guillermo Hernandez; Hannah Casper; Ashley McKenney; Abby Platt

What: Scrabble in the City.

Where: Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

The scoop: The competition was fierce at the annual action-packed Scrabble tournament that drew more than 225 guests and raised $35,000 for Literacy Advance of Houston, the city's oldest and largest volunteer-based adult literacy organization.

Teams of four, dressed in colorful and fun theme attire, squared off as the Goya Foods “Extra Virgins” won the top prize, the “Scrabble in the City” trophy. The “Spelling Misfits” took second while the CenterPoint Energy team came in third.

“Women in Black — Cancer Prevention Investigators,” led by Literacy Advance board member Diana Hoover, won the award for Best Team Name, and Whole Foods Market took home the prize for Best Team Costume.

In addition to the board game action, participants bid on silent auction packages, snapped up raffle tickets for a chance to win a three-night stay in Vail Valley, Colorado, and capped off the evening with a lively round of Heads or Tails.

Emceed by KPRC’s Khambrel Marshall, the event featured Saint Arnold’s famous brews, snacks from Whole Foods Market, and sweets from Nothing Bundt Cake.

Who: Seen in the crowd were Henry Torres and Scott Van Beck of Goya Foods, Jennifer Evans, Meilin Hyde, Carey Kirkpatrick and Jeremy Little, representing The CKP Group, Tracy Janda of CenterPoint Energy, Rosario Spinoso from Yellow Cab, Melanie Fisk of Literacy Advance, Ellen Elam, Larry Dierker, Al Staehely, Monica Pope, Sarah Walters-Aramburo, Debra Ford, Mary and Bill Bracken, Diana and John Hoover, Michaela and Ho Jin Lim, Robin Tooms, and Terry and Sandy Keane.

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