GENEVA — Organizers of Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates’ annual adult spelling bee are asking area residents and businesses to help them maximize the value of a $5,000 matching grant that a local supporter recently offered to the group.

Last year’s spelling bee raised $6,700.

“A generous Ontario County resident has offered to match every dollar we raise over last year’s total, up to $5,000,” said Donna Cotter, committee chairman. “We’re confident we can reach the maximum with the community’s help.”

Contributions can be made in the form of $300 team sponsorships, event sponsorships and donations. Those contributing $1,000 or more will be designated as top sponsors and will receive community recognition through their logo’s placement on event posters and program and a mention in all event publicity.

The spelling bee features three-person teams competing against one another for bragging rights, medallions and copies of the Geneva Reads’ Community Read Book of the Year.

The 15th annual spelling bee will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 12, 2017, at Geneva High School, 101 Carter Road. Teams will be accepted through Feb. 1. The first three teams to register and pay will earn a free pass on a word of their choice.

Proceeds will support the literacy organization's services for adults who need literacy tutoring, help with English or guidance earning a high school equivalency diploma.