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Scrabble tournament benefits Literacy Forsyth

Event set for Saturday at Lanier Technical College

POSTED: February 19, 2014 5:15 p.m.

CUMMING — A classic word game will be the centerpiece of a fundraiser this weekend.

Literacy Forsyth will present its third annual Scrabble Tournament beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd.

Annaliza Thomas, executive director of the organization, which provides support to adults who need basic educational assistance, said the tournament raises money for a scholarship program that helps adults get their GED.

“The event is very well received by the community,” she said. “We usually have about 30 Scrabble players.

“They have the option to compete in teams, so we normally have about 10 or more Scrabble games going on at one time.”

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the first game starts 30 minutes later, Thomas said. The registration fee is $10 per person, which covers two games of Scrabble, a catered lunch from Jim ‘N Nick’s Barbecue, and entry for several door prizes.

“We will be giving away a lot of great prizes,” Thomas said. “Mostly, we have gift cards to local stores, restaurants and coffee shops.”

Thomas said while there is a spirit of competition at the event, it’s really just for fun and to raise funds for a good cause.

“It has a very recreational atmosphere,” she said. “There is some good competition, but overall people are there to spend time with their family and support the GED scholarship program.

“The community support we have received in the past has been great. We have raised over $1,000 during our past Scrabble competitions.”

She said volunteers also enjoy the event.

“We love hosting because it’s a great way to raise awareness about the GED scholarship fund and to bring the community together to enjoy a great traditional literacy game,” she said.



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