2020 Spelling Bee - March 5, 2020

Thank you for all who supported us! 

The Orchard Place Spelling Bee is a one of a kind event where teams can literally pay for their mistakes and win for more than spelling!

Along with competing for Best Speller, teams compete for most creative team name, best team costumes, best team cheering section, and most bribe money raised. Competition is fierce!

Join us for this zany event that raises money for Orchard Place and our youth mental health services in Iowa! Individual tickets are now available for $10 for those who want to come and watch the fun!   Click HERE to order your tickets!

For more information about forming a Spelling Bee team, contact Brandie at 287-9621 or bbroadhead@orchardplace.org

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2019 winners!





Grand Champion Spellers, Most Bribe Money & Best Costumes Award!

The MVBees defeated 12 other teams in a thrilling finish to take home the Best Spellers Award at our 16th Annual Spelling Bee last year!  Congrats to Brandi Mulder, Stacie Mease, Alex Kaas, Hannah Parker, & Emily Heid and the entire Orchard Place Campus staff for taking home top honors in this zany anything-goes event!  They also won the Most Bribe Money Award turning in thousands of dollars to our esteemed judges and Best Costume for their willingness to spray paint their bodies bronze from hear to toe! 



Best Team Name - Stranger Stings

Congratulations to Community Choice Credit Union which included Shawn Reilly, Shawn Brekke, Kasey Vogel, Joel Pulliam, & Cheyenne Vinsick



Best Cheering Section

Talk DerBEE to me, a rowdy, chanting team from Nationwide marched on with the Best Cheering Award for their raucous behavior.  The judges loved their shenanigans! 



For more information contact Brandie at 287-9621 or bbroadhead@orchardplace.org

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:


Bee Keep Sponsors:


The Patti and Jim Cownie
Charitable Foundation 


Queen Bee Sponsors

John Ruan Foundation 

Honey Bee Sponsors

Brenda and Bernie Mouw  

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Mike and Michelle Gartner 

Worker Bee Sponsors:


Josephs Jewelers  Flynn Wright Farm Bureau Financial Service


GreenState Credit Union MMC Contractors  Triplett Companies 


For more sponsorship information contact Andrea at 287-9605 or aswright@orchardplace.org

Food and Beverage Sponsors

Big Tomato Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings, Fuzzy Tacos, Graziano's. Fareway,
Gusto Pizza, Hy-Vee, In the Bag, Jersey Mike's, Jimmy John's, Legends - Johnston, Northern Lights Pizza, Papa John's Pizza, Subway

Prize & In-Kind Sponsors

 Americana, Baratta's. Blank Park Zoo, Bonefish Grill, Bordenaro's, Bomgaars,
CLE Productions, Decades Event Center, Des Lux Hotel, Des Moines Community Playhouse,
Doubletree Inn, Drake Diner, Elite Beats, Fleur Cinema, Gilroy's,
Hampton Inn & Suite-West Des Moines, Hilton Garden Inn,
Iowa Cubs, Iowa Culinary Institute, Jasper Winery, Johnny's Hall of Fame, KFC,
Louie's Wine Dine, RoCa, Staybridge Suites, Taco John's, WineStyles