I saw at least one bigwig from a local tv station in the audience, but there were very few whirring cameras in attendance when Mayor Sam Adams made a surprise appearance Thursday night at the Ninth Annual Wells Fargo Celebrity Spelling Bee. Adams joined a full house of spelling junkies at the end of the evening to announce a record-breaking amount of money raised that night for the charitable Schoolhouse Supplies, a local program that is able to give local teachers items such as glue sticks and crayons so they don't have to raid their own piggybanks just so their students can have a craft class.
As for the celeb spellers, it was a Love Boat's worth of local characters, including KGW morning man Drew Carney, politico Steve Novick, sax man Patrick Lamb, authors damali ayo, Marc Acito and Chelsea Cain, and ball busters Storm Large, Gert Boyle as well as Portland Monthly Publisher Nicole Vogel, who earlier that day, laid off eight of her employees. Oh well, at least she can spell. By the end of the evening some smarty-pants kid named Trevor took home the title, barely beating out a panty-less Storm. Damn, that girl is smart.
Here are photos from the evening:
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