Girls happily reading their books - at Orchard Place Des Moines

Orchard Place Spelling Bee Spells $68,000 of SUCCESS

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CONGRATS to Fred Flintstone and the YaBEE DaBEE Doos!   The Orchard Place Corporate teams cavemen and women took home the Best Spellers Award.  After a fierce spelling slug out with Orchard Place Campus, and with both teams out of bribery funds, the championship came down to actually having to spell to win this year’s zany anything-goes event! 

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Team members included: Adam Peters, Chris Walters, Michelle Lamb, Karen Lindquist and Craig Williams.

A HUGE shout out to the Campus ‘Wild BEEsts’ team for their fundraising prowess and recipient of the Most Money Raised Award. With cash and checks falling out of their Beastly costumes, the team strutted on stage with more than $14,000 in bribery funds to their name! The team was also awarded the new People’s Choice Award by the audience for their awesome effort and just beeing such good BEEsts for Orchard Place kids! 

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Hats off to team members Brandi Mulder, Alex Kaas, Lindsay Porter, Matt Peters, Staci Mease and Ashley Siglin!

Best Team Name – Principal’s ‘10,000 BEE C.’ team headed up by Operating Board member Josh Ingalls and his friends who crawled out of their caves from the stone age to compete last night and took home the Best Team Name award. Their profound inability to spell got them cut from the competition early in the evening. Nonetheless, they were proud to take home the Biggest Loser Award again this year for being the worst spellers in the land, and the first team cut from the shenanigan-filled evening.

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Team members included: Josh and Brianna Ingalls, Jacey and Stephen Smith, Melanie Rodrigues and Jordan Whittenburg.

Presenting sponsor Nationwide’s ‘Un-BEE-Lievables’ rowdy entry was awarded the coveted Best Cheering Section award for their loud and boisterous chanting and cheering all night long! The judges seemed to take great delight in their chants, and happily congratulated them on the award.

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Team members included: Stephanie Meling, Jamie Knowx, Heather Brant and Katie Blaha.

And a gazillion thanks to our fabulous emcee, Steve Berry, for orchestrating the fun-filled three-hour long nonsense-of-an-event. Kudos, hats off, and high-fives to Steve for a job well done! And compliments for those bedazzled yellow-stage shoes he just happened to have in his closet!!

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We also tip our hats to our esteemed honorable judges: Justin Fletcher, Katie Snell and Andrew Zumwalt for keeping things on the up-and-up….well, as much as could be expected from any humans!

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CGC’s BEE Decked team members included Kiley Richards, Lisa Clements, Katrina Hart, Leann Andre and Abby Kilstofte. And THANK YOU for raising several thousand dollars in bribery funds to help the kids! You’re all a great hand!

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PACE’s BEE-cause We Care carebears showcased their caring powers at the competition, powers they share daily with kids at PACE! Thank you!

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Team members: Katie Miller, Christy Smith, Trisha Pavelka, Megan Osterhaus, Jamie Lohr, Jamie Blair, and Jessica Prowant. And CHEERSs for raising over $5,000 in bribe funds to move you through the competition! Thanks for CARING!


Orchard Place Foundation Board Members formed the sassy Great GatsBEE team which loaded up with jewels and bling-bling as they roared through the evening with class and pizazz! 

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Team members included: Kim Berthusen, Jayme Fry, Joe DeJong, Andrea Woodard and Jackie Johansen.

Thank you to everyone for coming out for a great night helping to raise money for the children of Orchard Place.