TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The 19th annual Spelling Bee was held at Harvey Hall Wednesday in Tyler. It is one of the corporate fundraisers benefiting the Literacy Council of Tyler.
The Literacy Council's communications relations coordinator, Jessie Prestridge, says that the event raises thousands of dollars, supporting literacy training in Smith County.
"This is the best event in Tyler - the most fun you can have when it comes to fundraising," said Prestridge.
Sixteen teams made up from corporate sponsors spell words in front of 600 people.
"There is the stigma of shame with illiteracy, and on behalf of our clients, we're behaving shamelessly when we wear silly costumes all to raise money to help those people," said Prestridge.
Nearly $50,000 was raised at the Spelling Bee, and that winning word? "Isohyetal."
It was spelled by the TJC team and it means a line on the map connecting points that have equal rain fall.