To Todd Elliott, deputy director of the , using the word game Scrabble as a fundraiser for the nonprofit’s adult literacy program seemed like a perfect idea.
Greater Homewood started holding its Scrabble Fundraiser more than a decade ago after Elliott, who at the time was in charge of the adult literacy program, saw that no other organization was using the game for a fundraiser, and decided it would be a great way to benefit the program.
"What could be more perfect?" Elliott asked.
Greater Homewood will host its 11th Annual Scrabble Fundraiser starting at 5:30 p.m. at the . Tickets can be purchased at the door for $50 or $40 for anyone 62 years old or older and students.
The event involves two rounds of scrabble, live music, a silent auction as well as food and beer.
Greater Homewood held its first Scrabble Fundraiser in the late winter of 2002. At that time about 45 players participated and raised about $2,000 for the program.
By last year, the fundraiser had grown to include about 100 players, and raised more than $10,000. Elliott said that all proceeds from the event go to Greater Homewood’s adult literacy program that is expected to cost about $500,000 to run this year.
"It’s more of a friendraiser for us," Elliott said.
The adult literacy program serves about 600 students a year in 20 to 24 classes per term in four terms throughout the year. Students learn everything from basic life and work skills and some even work toward earning their Maryland high school diploma.