6th Annual EEF Celebrity Spelling Bee

    August 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    The Rialto Theatre
    318 E Congress St
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    “One notable Tucsonan in the Educational Enrichment Foundation’s 6th Annual Celebrity Spelling Bee lineup will emerge victorious, and teachers across Tucson Unified School District will win big. Emcee for the evening, John Pedicone will keep rivalries in check as proceeds from the event benefit classroom grants from EEF to teachers for classroom supplies, school projects, and desperately needed equipment.

    Spellers and their affiliations include:
    AMBER ADIL, Angel Charity for Children
    STEPHANIE BALZER, The Drawing Studio
    RANDI DORMAN, R+R Develop
    STEVE FARLEY, Arizona State Senate
    DAVE FITZSIMMONS, Arizona Daily Star
    SUE GILES, Tucson Lifestyle Magazine
    MARYANN GREEN, University High School
    GREG HANSEN, Arizona Daily Star
    TODD HOLTHAUS, Pima Community College Woman’s Basketball
    ANGIE JOHNSON-SMITH, Smith & Dale Philanthropic Counsel
    CURTIS MCCRARY, The Rialto Theatre
    PETER MICHAELS, Arizona Public Media
    KADE MISLINSKI, Batch and Saguaro Corners
    JIM NINTZEL, Tucson Weekly
    JASON OTT, Citi
    ADAM REX, Children’s Book Author/Illustrator
    JIM ROSBOROUGH, Pima Community College Woman’s Basektball
    MARK RUBIN, Law Office of Mark Rubin/Pima Medical Institute
    DAVID SLUTES, Hotel Congress
    DUSTIN WILLIAMS, Pima County School Superintendent’s Office
    BETTY VILLEGAS, Community Volunteer
    MELISSA VITO, University of Arizona Office of the Provost
    Sponsors include Tucson Electric Power, Learning A-Z, The Rialto Theatre/Tucson, Arizona, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, Smith & Dale, and Long Realty Cares.

    EEF encourages all of Tucson to follow these spellers on social media to join in on the pre-bee antics. Tickets will be available online athttp://eeftucson.org/ and at http://www.rialtotheatre.com/ for $20 for adults and $5 for children. Additional donations can be made through https://www.firstgiving.com/EEFTucson/eefs-6th-annual-celebrity-spelling-bee. Attendees are invited to the after party at Club Congress.”


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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