2021 Spelling Bee - March 4th, 2021

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! The event will be taking place on Facebook Live and the link to the silent auction is live now! Click here to bid on our amazing baskets!

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

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2020 winners!

Grand Champion Spellers & Most Bribe Money!


The Buzzer BEEters!  They defeated 11 other teams in a thrilling finish to take home the Best Spellers Award at our 17th Annual Spelling Bee last Thursday night!  Congrats to Brandi Mulder, Staci Mease, Alex Kaas, Hannah Parker, Emily HeidAmber Rand and the entire Campus staff for taking home top honors in this zany anything-goes event!  They also won the Most Bribe Money Award turning in $21,000 to our esteemed judges!



Best Costume - Stranger Stings

Best Costume Award went to We Come in BEES from Community Choice Credit Union


Best Team Name - BEEfore Puberty

BEEfore Puberty from Orchard Place Child Guidance Center


Best Cheering Award – MarBEE Gras

MarBEE Gras, 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:


Patty & Jim Cownie
Charitable Foundation 


Queen Bee Sponsors

John Ruan Foundation 

Honey Bee Sponsors

Brenda and Bernie Mouw  


Mike and Michelle Gartner



Wicker and Bill Van Orsdel





Worker Bee Sponsors:


Josephs Jewelers 

Mic Jurgens and Joani Yi

Farm Bureau Financial Service  

Engineering Resource Group

Nyemaster Goode Law Firm  

Triplett Companies

GreenState Credit Union 

Jan and Dave Koder

MMC Contractors 

Reynolds & Reynolds Inc.


For more sponsorship information contact Sarah at 515-287-9605 or spavelec@orchardplace.org

Food and Beverage Sponsors

In the Bag, Jersey Mike's, Jimmy John's, Northern Lights Pizza, Subway

Prize & In-Kind Sponsors

 Americana, Blank Park Zoo, Climb Iowa, 
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in West Des Moines, 
Iowa Wild, Drake Diner, Fridley Theaters, Sky Zone
Science Center of Iowa, Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens,
Iowa Cubs, RAYGUN, Toad Valley Golf Course, Johnny's Hall of Fame, 
Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, RoCa, Community Choice Credit Union