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.
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.