The VOX Spelling Bee for Grown-Ups


Jenny Morgan, representing The Philanthro-Bees, earned the 2012 
"Killer Bee" award.
VOX supporters raise important funds to provide quality programming for teens. 

VOX teen staff member, board member and Lovett School senior Samantha Dietz wows the crowd with why VOX matters to her.

Photography donated by Sue Martin & Deborah Fleishel

From left: Arnall Golden Gregory's Andrew Flake, The AJC's Rodney Ho and speaker and VOX teen staff member Samantha Dietz. 
Click here to see all the images from the fundraiser. 

The ninth annual VOX Rox the Dictionary, A Spelling Bee for Grown-Ups, was held on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Park Tavern. This exciting team-building event pits corporate and community groups against each other in a high-stakes battle for spelling supremacy and team spirit – while uniting to support an important cause.

This year, celebrity emcee, Lisa Arrindell Anderson, helped to put the FUN in fund raising, inspring guests with her passion for youth voice and her talent, as 15 couragous and creative spellers stepped up for the Spelling Bee competition and their teams stepped up to support VOX's high-impact programming.

Chief spelling bee judge and scorekeeper, Pat Heckert, facilitated the word lists -- tripping up contestants with words from the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee. Spirit judges Maryn McKenna (reigning 2011 Killer Bee champion) and Maria Saporta were wordy wonders, providing definitions and sentences, keeping the contestants on their feet and the spirit going.

Runners-up were author and journalist Michelle Hiskey, representing the VOX Media Cafe volunteer faculty, and Syan Newton, representing Southern Company.

VOX teen board member Samantha Dietz informed the audience about why VOX is so important, describing her entry to the after-school program: "I immediately knew I was entering a place where I could express myself and be me. I guess you could say it was as if I was going from rush hour traffic to a world of chocolate fountains. Teens at VOX were excited about telling their stories and were willing to learn and grow through the editing process. People were taking pictures, participating in communications workshops, and laughing their heads off during energizers. I felt at home."

VOX's Associate Editor, Rich Eldredge, also provided perspective about the VOX impact, and reminded guests to visit the teen art gallery and purchase the beautiful, original artwork donated by VOX Media Cafe summer program students.

Many of Atlanta's top companies and individuals who care about enhancing educational opportunities for youth particpated in this year's Bee -- and can make plans to get in on the action in 2013 with our 10th annual back-to-school Spelling Bee!

2012 Sponsors & Spellers

Table Sponsors & Spellers
  • Alston + Bird LLP
  • Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • AT&T
  • Balch & Bingham LLP
  • Cecily Welch
  • Cox Enterprises
  • Digital Dudes (Matt Crenshaw) 
  • Georgia Power Co.
  • Kilpatrick Townsend LLP
  • The PhilanthroBEEs (Atlanta philanthroy leaders)
  • Southern Co.
  • Turner Broadcasting Systems
  • VOXey-Os (Amy Bonesteel Smith & Andrew Dietz) 
Spirited Sponsors 
  • Coxe Curry & Associates
  • Troutman Sanders
  • UPS 
 And thank you to the following in-kind donors
  • Booker Promotions 
  • Horseradish Grill 
  • Park Tavern 
  • Spectrum Productions