2018 Orchard Place Spelling Bee

March 1, 2018

Decades Event Center~ 1208 Grand Ave ~ West Des Moines


$10 tickets

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CONGRATULATIONS to our 2017 winners!!

Grand Champion Spellers

All lights were green for Corporate's Mario Kart Grand Bees as they plowed over 15 other teams to take home the Best Spellers Award. They were ready for the race to the Champion Circle. Team members included Chris Walters, Karen Lindquist, Craig Williams and Adam Peters. Congratulations on this first time win!

Most Bribe Money Raised by a Team

The Mario Kart Grand BEE were also bribe-happy money-laden team from Orchard Place Cooperate office. They  raised more than $9,000 in bribery funds, taking home this coveted award. Our hats are off to these racers for their super-bribe raising efforts!




Best Cheering Section

The Bee the People, a rowdy, chanting, shouting patriotic team from Nationwide marched on with the Best Cheering Award for their raucous behavior. The judges loved their shenanigans! Old Glory will never be the same! Congratulations to Dana McQuillen, Kristie Harrold, Tanya Kruse, Cecil Coffman, Bobbi Freeman, and Scott Copper.



Best Costumes

The Bee Fit team from the Orchard Place Integrated Health Program won Best Costumes. Congrats to Jane Fonda, Richard Simmons and the rest of the 80's firness mavens! (aka Sonni Vierling, Audrey Jones, Heather Messerly, and Brian Walker). Their leotards, legwarmers and sweat delighted the judges!


Best Team Name

The Beea Arthurs, a new Golden Girls team form Pillar Technology celebrated the joys of the joys of the golden years by taking home the Best Team Name Award. Congrats to Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia! Or was it  Jessie Puls, Dani Hubbard, Sarah Lichter, Zach VanMeter, and Michael Patterson? Thank you for being a friend of Orchard Place!

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


Worker Bee Sponsors:

Josephs Jewelers
Flynn Wright

Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Stroh Corporation
 Triplett Companies

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

Food and Beverage Sponsors

Atlantic Bottling Company, Big Tomato Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings, Firehouse Subs, Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Guru BBQ, Gusto Pizza, Hy-Vee, In the Bag, Jimmy John's, Legends, Little Caesars, Northern Lights Pizza, Paesano's Pizzeria, Papa John's Pizza, Subway

Prize & In-Kind Sponsors

 Americana, Baratta's, Blank Park Zoo, Bonefish Grill, Court Ave Brewery,  Des Moines Playhouse, Drake Diner,  Embassy Suites, Flix Brewhouse, Gilroy's, Hilton Garden Inn, Iowa Cubs, Iowa Culinary Institute, Jasper Winery, Johnny's Hall of Fame, KOA- Adel, Louie's Wine Dive, Residence Inn, Roca, WineStyle