Adult Spelling Bee to Benefit Mental Health April 18

PFCS promises competition for a good cause

The Putnam Hospital Center's team won last year's spelling bee. (Photo courtesy of PFCS)

The Putnam Hospital Center’s team won last year’s spelling bee.
(Photo courtesy of PFCS)

Putnam Family and Community Services’ Adult Team Spelling Bee is back for its fourth year. On Thursday, April 18, the nonprofit agency will once again bring together teams of adults to show off their spelling skills and compete for the title of Putnam County Spelling Champions.

The bee, to be held starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Starr Ridge banquet facility located within the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 38 in Brewster, is a fundraiser to support PFCS’s mental health and chemical dependency treatment programs, which reach 1 in 14 Putnam residents. For $25 a person, spelling teams of four, cheerleaders and spectators can enjoy food, beverages and a healthy dose of friendly competition.

“We have been thrilled by our community’s response to this event, and last year, the spellers and their cheerleaders were amazing,” recalled Diane E. Russo, executive director of PFCS. In the end, it was the team from Putnam Hospital Center that took home the championship title – and a giant trophy – after correctly spelling the word “diphtheria.”

Those interested in taking on the defending champs and supporting the services of PFCS can register for the spelling bee at or by calling Cheryl McKeever at 845-225-1700, ext. 136. Potential event sponsors can also contact McKeever.

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