35 Days for 35 Years Challenge
May 15 – June 20, 2021
VEP’s 35th Anniversary Celebration will kick off with the “35 Days for 35 Years Challenge” fundraiser. Starting May 15, and for the following 35 days, complete a challenge of your choice (it can be the same activity or different ones). Whether writing a letter to one friend, walking a mile, cooking a new meal or reading 10 pages – do something every day to better yourself or the world around you in honor of VEP’s 35 years of service.
By donating $35 to Volunteer English Program to participate in this fun challenge, you’ll join hundreds of others working together to make a lasting, life-long improvement in the lives of individuals and their families for generations to come.
An Evening of Inspiration
June 24, 2021
VEP’s signature fundraising event, An Evening of Inspiration, will feature a live interactive conversation with author Helena Ku Rhee, testimonials from past and present students, special awards and more. Ms. Rhee, a corporate attorney and author from Los Angeles recently featured as a guest on NPR, will share with us how she has been inspired by her immigrant parents as well as her travels around the world.
Show your support to our Volunteer English Program community by becoming a sponsor today. Every level of sponsorship provides the opportunity for you and your guests to attend this live virtual event. Sponsors will be recognized at the event, and on the VEP website, social media and event communications. Click here to open a sponsorship package.
Individual reservations for the live virtual event may be purchased for $75. Please register by June 23, 2021. Seating is limited.
100% of all contributions (sponsorships, tickets, donations) towards the 35th Anniversary Celebration events will support the Volunteer English Program and are fully tax-deductible.
Early Spring Event Highlights
March Scrabble Madness Tournament
Ducis Rodgers, 6abc Action News Sports Director, Announces Scrabble Tournament Winners!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this first ever March Scrabble Madness Tournament! The tournament was inspired by a suggestion from a VEP tutor, Larry Jilk, whose daughter, Linda Jilk, has hosted similar annual in-person events in Roanoke, Virginia. VEP thought a Scrabble tournament, with the connection between words and games, would be a fitting way for our community to spend time together as we stay physically — but not socially — distanced, just a little bit longer.
Ducis Rodgers, 6abc Action News Sports Director, was our guest emcee at the close of this year’s tournament. Click here to watch Ducis’ remote broadcast announcing this year’s prize winners!
We had a number of boards submitted and over 50 participants! Five awards were handed out – ranging from highest score to lowest score, best Spring word, most original word and youngest player. We had many impressive words played – including a three-way tie for most tiles used in one play; three participants used all seven tiles in one play! Some of our favorite spring words included zinnia, swing, aloha and nest. Some of our other favorite words were ay, xi, biped and yak. Our lowest scoring play was the word “to” for 3 points.
And the 2021 Prize Winners are…
Lowest Scoring Game: Randall H.
Youngest Player: Rockney W.
Most Original Word: Livi H. (“azo”)
Best Spring Word: Janet Z. (“aloha”)
Highest Scoring Game: Martin M.
All participation fees, in addition to the support of our Double Letter sponsor, Lutz and Travers accounting firm, and prize donations from local businesses, enable us to support our active tutors and students with books, access to online subscriptions and other learning materials for free. Thank you to all who participated or donated!
2021 Double Letter Tournament Sponsor:
Lutz & Travers Accounting Firm
2021 Prize Donations:
Sunshine Letter Co.
The Kennett Bookhouse
Finally, an extra special thanks to Ducis Rodgers for serving as our emcee for this inaugural tournament! Be sure to check out Ducis’ daily, live-from-home Scrabble messages on 6abc Action News at 6:00 and 11:00 pm every weekday to see how easy mixing and crossing words can be!