the Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy
On March 16, twelve teams of spellers began their quest for the title of "Best Spellers in the Morongo Basin." At the end of the contest, one of two teams from the Democrats of the Morongo Basin/Blue Tide, with Francis Moss, Rebecca Unger, and Deborah Dunaway, spelled "pseudonymous" and "assiduity" correctly to take first place in the twenty-eighth annual Spell-A-Thon.
Blue Tide–Rebecca, Deborah, Francis
The Letterhead Shrikes were second. The Word Muses finished in third but did come out on top in the most pledges contest with their pledge total of $1320.00. Cathy and the Lascivious Lads of CMC were close behind with $1025.00. Eileen Bailey was an additional donor.
Other teams competing were the Best People on Earth–Elks Lodge of Twentynine Palms, Condor Elementary K-Kids Super Stars, Rotary 29, Democrats of the Morongo Basin/Blue Wave, Unified Field Theory, Key Clubs I and II from Yucca Valley High School, and Kiwanis/Friends of the 29 Palms Library. The Pronouncer was Janet Peercy, and Teddy Tapscott and Dianna Anderson presided as judges. Brad White-Findeisen timed the spelling.
The Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms sponsored this year's Spell-A-Thon to benefit the MBCAL. Kiwanians Herman and Dina Platzke, Jim Krushat, René Williams, Cindi King, Debbie Medina, Cleve Spaight, Bill Truesdell, and Jerry Fabricius were on hand to make sure everything went well.
A signature art piece was donated by artist Linda Shrader, and other raffle items were donated by A New Creation Florist, Action Council for 29 Palms, Dianna Anderson, Applebee's of Yucca Valley, Burrtec Waste and Recycling, Copper Mountain College Foundation, Cowboy Attic of Twentynine Palms, Jerry Fabricius. Dianne Greenhouse, Jim and Beverly Krushat, Cindi King Pottery, Debbie Medina, Photographer Linda Molnar, Doug and Janet Peercy, Pie for the People, Herman and Dina Platzke, Rainbow Stew of Yucca Valley, Rocky's New York Pizzeria, Jennifer Salciccioli,
Kurt Schauppner, Cathy Snodgrass, Bill and Kathy Truesdell, Twentynine Palms Inn, Twentynine Palms Kiwanis Club, Brad and Kay White-Findeisen, and René and Sonny Williams. Refreshments were by Hi-Desert Catering. Many thanks to everyone who participated, especially the 29 Palms Kiwanis Club.